The suspense will end this evening at 6 p.m. It has now become a ritual, the press conference of Jean Castex to detail the anti-Covid measures. In the aftermath of a new Health Defense Council, the Prime Minister will be surrounded by no less than six ministers: Olivier Véran (Health), Jean-Michel Blanquer (National Education), Bruno Le Maire (Economy and Finance), Élisabeth Borne ( Work), Roselyne Bachelot (Culture) and Frédérique Vidal (Higher education). On the program: details of the new measures against Covid-19.
Counter the “aperitif effect”
A re-containment seems for the moment ruled out, according to several government sources, even if the executive is concerned about the circulation of the “VOC 202012/01” variant, which has caused an epidemic outbreak in the United Kingdom.
If the extension of the curfew from 6:00 p.m. beyond the 25 departments already affected by the measure seems on the other hand acquired, its extent remains to be determined. “The interest is to counter the” aperitif effect “”, recognized 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.
While several other European neighbors – the most recent, Portugal – have decided to reconfigure 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 who guides the choices of the executive.
“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 increased slightly since mid-December, we do not yet have the exact impact of the consequences of the December 31 holidays, and we have a bed occupancy rate in relatively high hospitalization and resuscitation, but which does not get carried away ”, developed Jean-François Delfraissy on France Info.
“We are not in an extreme emergency”, further estimated the immunologist, who recommends leaving schools open. The executive has already announced that it will only close schools “Last resort”, but an even stricter protocol in the canteens is not excluded.
About 20,000 new cases are recorded each day, far from the 5,000 expected by the government in mid-December. Yesterday, Wednesday January 13, more than 23,000 contaminations were recorded in 24 hours and hospital pressure is not weakening, according to data from Public Health France. “We are in a kind of speed race between the appearance of this variant” and “Vaccination of the most vulnerable”, said Jean-François Delfraissy.
Calls for patience
Before the senators, Jean Castex vigorously defended the French strategy on Wednesday by urging not to “Self-flagellate”, while increasing the calls for patience, while the national vaccination campaign for over 75s is officially launched this 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). Some five million people over the age of 75 will be able to register for vaccination from next Monday.
According to the latest report, more than 247,000 people have 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.