Coronavirus: 25 new clusters since containment exit has started

Published by Elodie D. · Published on 17 May 2020 at 12h38 · Updated on 18 May 2020 at 15h11
Will containment exit happen along with a second contamination wave? Health minister Olivier Véran has just announced that 25 new clusters in France were reported, including three in Ile-de-France in a home for young workers in Clamart, Hauts-de-Seine.

This is a news released by the JDD this Sunday May 17, 2020: 25 clusters have been reported in France since containment exit has started. Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Occitanie, Pays-de-la-Loire and Ile-de-France have discovered 3 new clusters in 6 days only.

These new clusters broke out in different places. Among them, there is one in a city’s department, two hospitals – Saumur and Lannion -, two slaughterhouses (Saint-Brieuc and Fleury-les-Aubrais), as well as a junior high school in Chauvigny (Vienne), a home for young workers in Clamart (Hauts-de-Seine) and funerals at the Eglise-Neuve-de-Vergt (Dordogne).

The Health Minister also says a big new cluster in Guyana has been reported in Saint-Georges de l’Oyapock, as it was still confined given the high number of cases reported in the city (19 cases).

This week, Jean Castex has presented his re-containment plan with a 68-page report.  "Here, for us to locally reconfine, it would need the number of cases per day to double up in comparison with what it is today".

As for Ile-de-France Regional Health Agency (ARS) director general Aurélien Rousseau, he explained this May 13th on Europe 1: “as soon as there is a small cluster, we must stop it”. He adds: “French are the first containment exit players, as they have been the confinement players and the exceptional results”.

For the record, France plans to perform 700,000 tests a week and as soon as a test comes back positive, health brigades will have to inform people who may have been in contact with the person infected and offer them a test, and if need be, ask them to self-isolate.


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