The week promises to be decisive for assessing the threat of this version of the coronavirus, deemed to be more contagious, on French territory.
HEight new departments are preparing on Sunday to advance their curfew to 6 p.m., a measure contested but deemed “necessary” to try to avoid a rebound in the Covid-19 epidemic, while concerns grow over the circulation of new British variant.
The week promises to be decisive for assessing the threat of this version of the coronavirus, deemed to be more contagious, on French territory. The impact of the end-of-year celebrations, the second area of concern, should also begin to be known.
Faced with this, eight new departments have decided to advance their curfew to 6:00 p.m. from this Sunday: Cher, Allier, Côte-d’Or, Haut-Rhin and Bas-Rhin, as well as Vaucluse, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and Bouches-du-Rhône. They thus join fifteen other departments, mainly in the east of France.
Tuesday, Var and Drôme will complete the list. They were not initially considered, but a “sudden worsening of the circulation of the virus”, according to Matignon, decided them.
Despite indicators in the red, the prefectures of Haute-Savoie and Yonne have however maintained their curfew at 8:00 p.m. like the rest of the territory.
Prime Minister Jean Castex, traveling on Saturday in Tarbes (Haute-Pyrénées), defended “difficult but necessary measures in the face of an epidemic (which) is not weakening, or which is strengthening in certain areas”.
The progress of the curfew is contested by local elected officials, doubting its effectiveness in terms of health and fears of economic repercussions.