The French government is ready for a second coronavirus wave! Prime Minister Jean Castex has announced that if there should be another wave, the government plans a more targeted re-containment to avoid the social and economic crisis from worsening in the country. “We are preparing for a second wave while saving the economic and social life as much as possible” he said on Wednesday July 8, 2020 as interviewed by Jean-Jacques Bourdin on RMC.
He goes on saying “observations I made showed absolute lockdown would have terrible consequences”. He concludes: “this is the role of the State to prepare, anticipate, coronavirus is still there”. A statement followed by the confirmation – still by Jean Castex – of the existence of a re-containment plan put up weeks ago, when he was still “Mister Deconfinement” of Edouard Philippe’s cabinet.
This re-containment plan is said to include actions that will be implemented locally. As some areas in France are experiencing growing contaminations, the decision to re-confine some places could be made depending on the evolution of the situation. This Saturday July 18, 2020, the French Prime Minister announced he was not excluding the possibility to close borders with Spain.
Moreover, an emergency re-containment plan has also been implemented prior to lockdown exit.
Emergency re-containment: the government's plan in the event of second wave
France has exited containment on May 11th, 2020. To be ready in case a second Covid-19 wave happens, Jean Castex – entrusted with deconfinement at the government – has proposed a re-containment plan. And prudence is required. The senior civil servant warns that "emergency re-containment should be anticipated" and implemented "if the number of positive cases per day was to double up in comparison with what it is today".