An advanced two-hour curfew, from 6 p.m. instead of 8 p.m., is planned from January 2 for the territories most affected by the Covid-19 epidemic, announced Tuesday, December 29, the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, who was the guest of the “20h00” of France 2. He specified that the territories concerned were “Departments, metropolises (…) in which the incidence rate would be above the maximum alert threshold “.
“The situation is more problematic in four regions: that is to say the Grand-Est, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, and the Alpes-Maritimes department in the PACA region”, clarified Olivier Véran. “There are significant territorial disparities, with a sort of gradient, with the west of France which is less affected, and the east of France which is more affected”, he summed up.
According to information from World, twenty departments are affected by this possible strengthening of the curfew. These are: Allier; the Hautes-Alpes; the Alpes-Maritimes; Ardèche; the Ardennes ; dawn ; the Doubs; Jura ; the Marne; Haute-Marne; the Meurthe-et-Moselle; the Meuse ; the Moselle; the Nièvre; the Haut-Rhin; the Haute-Saône; the Saône-et-Loire; the Vosges ; the Yonne; and the Territoire de Belfort.
The vaccination campaign will be extended
“What we are ruling out is the idea of containment. We do not want to confine at this stage: neither generalized containment nor local containment ”, insisted Olivier Véran.
The scientific council, which guides the government, believes “Probable” a “Uncontrolled resumption of the epidemic” of Covid-19 in January, due to “Increased contamination” caused by the end of year holidays, according to its latest opinion, published Tuesday evening.
The vaccination campaign will be extended to “Health professionals aged 50 and over or who suffer from diseases which expose them to serious risks” by the end of January, Mr. Véran also announced on France 2. “Then the time will come for the general population”, he added, responding to criticism of the slowness of the vaccine campaign started on Sunday in France. Since Sunday, less than 100 people have been vaccinated, while the goal is to reach one million by the end of February.
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