A strange war is being played out against the Covid-19 epidemic. Tuesday, January 12, around 19,000 new positive cases were identified in France in twenty-four hours. A “High floor”, according to the expression of a relative of Emmanuel Macron, which has been at a relatively stable level since the start of the year. Not enough to panic, therefore, in theory.
While 1,243 people died in the United Kingdom on Tuesday, France recorded 362 deaths. However, the executive is watching with concern for the advance of the virus in the days and weeks to come. A “Paradox”, agreed the president of the scientific council, Jean-François Delfraissy, on Tuesday, in the newspaper of “20 hours” of TF1. “In France, the circulation of the virus is important, but it is much less important than in other European countries. We are pretty good students ”, said the infectious disease specialist, according to whom the end-of-year celebrations did not accelerate the spread of Covid-19.
To hear it, the source of the worries lies elsewhere, in “This English mutant who arrived, who exists in France”. “There are dozens of cases every day; we are probably around 1% [des tests positifs] », noted Mr. Delfraissy.
However, it is precisely this variant of Covid-19 – with faster circulation – which is plunging the British into a dramatic saturation of their hospital system. Monday, several cases were spotted around Cholet (Maine-et-Loire), after Marseille, Lille or Bagneux (Hauts-de-Seine).
“The curfew is enough for now”
Arbitrations were therefore expected during a health defense council, scheduled for Wednesday morning. The Prime Minister, Jean Castex, and the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, are to reveal the content during a press conference on Thursday afternoon.
For now, one thing is certain: the government is not considering “To date” to impose a new containment. “The curfew is enough for now”, assured Mr. Castex on Monday in front of the members of the parliamentary liaison committee set up to monitor the epidemic. “A third confinement cannot be excluded in principle but it is a hypothesis of last resort”, we told Matignon. The extension to new areas, or even to the whole of the territory, of a curfew at 6 p.m. seems privileged. The latter is already in force in twenty-five departments. Another scenario on the table, less likely, leads to a status quo.
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