The curfew introduced to slow the progression of the coronavirus epidemic will be brought forward to 6 p.m. in eight additional departments, Prime Minister Jean Castex confirmed on Saturday.
“This will be the case in eight additional departments from tomorrow (Sunday),” said the head of government after inaugurating a vaccination center in Tarbes, in the Hautes-Pyrénées.
The Prime Minister refused to specify the list of the departments concerned, referring the media to the communication of the prefectures.
According to the latter, the Allier, the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, the Bouches-du-Rhône, the Cher, the Côte-d’Or, the Bas-Rhin, the Haut-Rhin and the Vaucluse will have to comply with this hardening that several local elected officials contest.
In Marseille (Bouches-du-Rhône), where the prefecture announced that 21 people had tested positive for the new British variant, several officials in advance denounced these curfew measures, saying they considered that they had not done so. proof of their effectiveness.
“When we take difficult measures, there are always challenges. In reality, we apply in Marseille the same criteria that we apply elsewhere,” he said.
“Everyone is aware that the epidemic is not weakening, that it is strengthening differently in certain areas of the territory, which is why, for a few days, we have wanted to anticipate the start time of the curfew. “