► Towards new restrictions in Lyon and Nice
Restriction measures will be decided locally by Saturday for the cities of Lyon and Nice, where the Covid-19 is circulating at a worrying level, announced Thursday, September 17, the Minister of Health Olivier Véran.
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Due to the acceleration of the circulation of Covid-19, Bordeaux, Marseille and Guadeloupe had already imposed measures such as the ban on gatherings of more than 10 people in parks or on beaches, the reduction of the gauge of 5,000 to 1,000 for large events and the cancellation of some of these events.
It is on this type of measures that they should join by this weekend Lyon and Nice, where the incidence rate (number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants) reached respectively 200, i.e. “Four times the alert rating”, and 150, said Olivier Véran. With, moreover, in PACA a share of Covid patients in intensive care which reaches 30%. “Our fight is to put in place measures to avoid the influx into the hospital, it’s a race against time, we have to decide at the right time, not too early because they are binding, not too late”, commented the Minister.
In addition, “If the health situation does not improve” at Marseille and Guadeloupe, where measures have already been adopted, “It will undoubtedly be necessary to take even stronger measures”, warned Olivier Véran, citing “The possible closure of bars” or “The ban on public gatherings”.
► Wearing a mask compulsory for nursery professionals
Nursery professionals will now have to wear the mask, including with children, also announced Olivier Véran. The minister was based on a new study which will at the same time allow “To relax the health protocol” in schools.
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“Young children are little at risk of serious forms and not very active in the chain of transmission of the coronavirus”, said the minister. “Children in primary, nursery, and nursery are unlikely to contaminate each other and infect adults”, he added. But “We are going to strengthen measures to limit as much as possible contamination from adults to children”.
So while in the nurseries, childminders should only wear the mask in the presence of parents, ” the wearing a mask will now be compulsory for all nursery professionals, including in the presence of children ”, detailed the minister, considering however “Derogations” for example “With children with behavioral problems”.
► Soon an opinion from the Haute Autorité de santé regarding saliva tests
The High Authority for Health (HAS) will soon issue an opinion on saliva tests screening for the new coronavirus, revealed Olivier Véran. This notice will be given before a possible deployment of this alternative to sampling in the nostrils. “We are now waiting imminently for the opinion of the High Authority of Health to determine which audiences” could be concerned “And under what conditions these saliva tests could be carried out”, said the Minister of Health.
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The saliva tests mentioned are those which consist in searching in the laboratory for the presence of the genetic material of the coronavirus from a saliva sample, an easier, faster and less uncomfortable gesture than the reference swab sample taken from the nostrils.
The minister also announced that he had ordered “5 million antigenic tests, which will have arrived by the beginning of October”. The antigenic tests are carried out from samples in the nostrils. But unlike the RT-PCR virological test, which requires laboratory analysis to detect the genetic material of the coronavirus, the antigen test identifies proteins of the virus which allows a result on the spot, “Generally in less than 30 minutes”, recalled the minister. In the event of a positive result, this test “Diagnostic orientation” must be confirmed by an RT-PCR test.