The curfew from 6 p.m. extended to other departments, or even generalized to the whole country? The executive must decide on Thursday on new restrictions in the face of the coronavirus, while vaccination enters a new phase with the opening of registrations for those 75 and over.
Time for political choice. The day after a new Health Defense Council, the executive holds a press conference on Thursday, January 14 at 6 p.m., where possible new restrictions should be announced to fight against the Covid-19 epidemic. Among the avenues on the table, a national curfew from 6 p.m. could be considered.
, surrounded by no less than six ministers: Olivier Véran (Health), Jean-Michel Blanquer (National Education), Bruno Le Maire (Economy and Finance), Elisabeth Borne (Labor), Roselyne Bachelot (Culture) and Frédérique Vidal (Higher education ).
In the morning, the Prime Minister goes first to Metz, on the subject of vaccination which, after a start criticized for its slowness, must continue its rise: some five million people over 75 years old will be able to s ” register on Thursday, on the internet or by phone, to be vaccinated from next Monday.
If the extension of the curfew from 6 p.m. beyond the 25 departments already affected by the measure, seems acquired, its extent remains to be determined.
“The interest is to counter the ‘aperitif effect’,” acknowledged Wednesday evening the boss of La République en Marche, Stanislas Guerini, to justify the measure which, according to him, has already allowed “less traffic” of the virus in territories where it already applies.
A third confinement ruled out for the moment
A re-containment, however, seems for the moment ruled out, according to several government sources, even if the executive is worried about the circulation of the variant “VOC 202012/01”, which has caused an epidemic outbreak in the United Kingdom.
While several other European neighbors – the most recent, Portugal – have decided to reconfine themselves, the French themselves seem to resign themselves to it: according to an Elabe poll, they are 83% to think that a third confinement will take place ” in the next weeks”.
The French health situation is “paradoxical”, highlighted Wednesday the president of the Scientific Council which guides the choices of the executive, Jean-François Delfraissy.
“On the one hand, we have a France which is better than all the European countries (in terms of contamination); on the other hand, we have figures that have stagnated, or even slightly increased since mid-December, we do not yet have the exact impact of the consequences of the holidays of December 31, and we have a relatively high occupancy rate of beds in hospitalization and intensive care, but which does not get carried away, “he explained on France Info.
Calls for patience
“We are not in an extreme emergency,” said the immunologist, who recommends leaving schools open. The executive has already announced that it will only close schools as a “last resort”, but an even stricter protocol in canteens is not excluded.
About 20,000 new cases are counted every day, far from the 5,000 hoped for in mid-December by the government.
Wednesday, more than 23,000 contaminations were recorded in 24 hours and hospital pressure does not weaken, according to data from Public Health France.
“We are in a sort of speed race between the appearance of this variant” and “the vaccination of the most fragile people”, declared Jean-François Delfraissy.
More than 247,000 people vaccinated
In front of the senators, Jean Castex vigorously defended Wednesday the French strategy by urging not to “self-flagellate”, while increasing the calls for patience, while the national campaign of vaccination of the more than 75 years is officially launched Thursday.
The map of vaccination centers must be put online during the day on the public sante.fr site, which will link to the three private platforms selected by the State (Doctolib, Keldoc, Maiia).
According to the latest report, more than 247,000 people received their first injection, while France had last week one million doses of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine.
The figures have accelerated sharply after the opening of vaccination to health professionals, firefighters, and home helpers over 50 years or at risk. As of Tuesday morning, less than 30,000 elderly residents of nursing homes had received the vaccine.