The curfew from 6 pm generalized to the whole country? The executive could announce, Thursday, January 14, new restrictions due to the Covid-19 epidemic. Around 20,000 new cases are counted every day, far from the 5,000 hoped for in mid-December by the government, and the pressure in hospitals is not weakening.
The day after a new health defense council, the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, holds a press conference at 6 p.m., surrounded by six ministers: Olivier Véran (health), Jean-Michel Blanquer (national education), Bruno Le Maire (economy and finance), Elisabeth Borne (work), Roselyne Bachelot (culture) and Frédérique Vidal (higher education).
If a re-containment seems for the moment ruled out, a curfew at 6 p.m. generalized to the whole of the territory is envisaged, beyond the twenty-five departments currently concerned by the measure. The executive is worried about the circulation of the British variant, deemed to be more contagious, and which has caused an epidemic outbreak across the Channel. “We are in a kind of speed race between the appearance of this variant” and “Vaccination of the most vulnerable”, considered the president of the scientific council, Jean-François Delfraissy, Tuesday evening.
In addition to new details on the vaccination campaign, the extension of the support of the partial activity, the potential reopening of shops and sports and cultural venues should be addressed by the ministers.
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