“The virus is running faster and faster in some departments, which leads the government to tighten the rules a bit”, indicated Emmanuel Macron. Olivier Véran will once again take the front row this Thursday and hold a press point.
After Lille, Marseilles and Bordeaux, the government is preparing the spirits for a hardening of health constraints in several territories in the face of the rebound of the Covid-19 epidemic, while the French display their skepticism about his strategy.
Near 10 000 new cases of contamination have been recorded in the last twenty-four hours, very close to the record level since the launch of large-scale testing in the country, Public Health France announced on Wednesday. and 46 Covid patients died in hospital against 37 The day before.
The Minister of Health Olivier Véran will again take the front line this Thursday at 17 hours to defend and detail the anti-Covid policy, in a press briefing which will become weekly again. he will do “a clear educational presentation of the strategy” of the government “to live with the virus”, government spokesman Gabriel Attal explained after a cabinet meeting again dominated by pandemic management.
“All transparency” will be given “on the numbers” contaminations, “department by department”, assured Emmanuel Macron, who once again warned that the virus would continue to rage “During months” in France.
“It is running faster and faster in some departments, which leads the government to tighten the rules a bit”, he added, encouraging the French to “hang on” Before “better days”, after attending, mask, at the 17th stage of the Tour de France, in Méribel (Savoie).
Among the metropolises where constraints could be announced is Lyon, the Rhône department with an incidence rate of 168 case for 100 000, the second most important in the metropolis after the Bouches-du-Rhône.
In Toulouse, first city to impose the wearing of masks, the mayor LR Jean-Luc Moudenc deems inevitable a strengthening of health measures. “We see the indices deteriorate, So, we can't stand idly by, we have a duty to go further, we are working on it. We must decide on the extension (wearing a mask) and additional measures”, he said at a press conference on Wednesday.
The government must respond not only to the rebound but also to overcome the growing mistrust of the population. Nearly one in two French people find that the executive does not take “not enough precautions and 62% don't make him “not trust” to fight the epidemic, 6 points more than end of August, Elabe survey reveals for BFMTV to speed up case detection, the government has just authorized rapid tests “antigenic”.
Back to school and university remains at high risk. 81 schools and a little over 2 100 classes have been closed since early September. But this only represents “0,13%” some 60.000 schools across the country”, underlined the Minister of Education Jean-Michel Blanquer.
In application of the new strategy “territorialized”, any new anti-Covid measure will be announced on site by the prefect, after consultation with local elected officials, in order to avoid accusations of vertical decisions taken from Paris.
The state will retain its exceptional powers to restrict gatherings and movement, the Council of Ministers having adopted a bill on Wednesday which extends these authorizations by six months, until April 2021.”given the health situation, it is necessary to anticipate and give us all the tools to continue fighting the epidemic”, explained Gabriel Attal.
It was this device that made it possible to announce more restrictive measures in the Bouches-du-Rhône on Monday, the North and the Gironde - ban on dance evenings in bars and student parties, suspending school trips or limiting gatherings in parks and beaches.
The prefect of Gironde announced on Monday the new measures to be applied in an attempt to contain the epidemic of # COVID19 pic.twitter.com/Zr8dAMpH22
More, insisted Emmanuel Macron, “Every time” that it is possible to organize major cultural or sporting events, “we have to hold them, with constraints”. He cited as an example “the extraordinary work” produced by the organizers of the Tour de France, or the Roland Garros tennis tournament, Scheduled from 27 September to 11 October.
To the list of the many canceled events, the British film festival of Dinard added on Wednesday, which was to be chaired by Emmanuelle Béart from 30 September, due “worrying figures” of contamination in Ille-et-Vilaine.
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