This Thursday April 1, 2021, Olivier Véran was invited on France Inter’s early broadcast. The Health Minister considers the latest restrictions announced this Wednesday March 31 by Emmanuel Macron will enable the country to exit the wave very quickly. According to the minister, the lockdown – which must not be named – could accelerate the epidemic peak, leading at the same time to a decrease in contamination toll and fewer Covid-19 deaths.
Véran said that it could be possible to “peak by seven to 10 days if everything goes well. Then, it will take another two weeks for ICUs to peak, which could occur by the end of April”.
.@olivierveran : "Nous faisons tout pour que le pic intervienne à la fin du mois d’avril et que nous puissions retrouver au mois de mai davantage de libertés" #Covid #le79Inter pic.twitter.com/3bCMXbd1Qe— France Inter (@franceinter) April 1, 2021
Tweet reads: “We are doing everything we can to peak at the end of April, and be able to meet more liberties in May”
The contamination curve is said to decrease faster because “measures announced last night by the French President will strongly impact the epidemic’s dynamic, there is no reason to think otherwise”. The government then affirms their trust in the French President’s decisions. Trip restrictions and the closure of schools in France until May 2 will enable to “curb the very strong epidemic wave” in order to live in a matter of weeks “a more serene Spring”, and meet more liberties “starting from May”.
The Health Minister also address the opening of more beds in intensive care units. Véran explains the goal of this decision is to prevent “sorting patients out” by increasing the carrying capacity to all sick, whether they are infected with Covid-19 or not.
To make the reorganization of hospital units easier, the Minister also says he is pleased transfers of patients could occur without any problem. By sending patients from Île-de-France or Hauts-de-France to other regions, we have been able to “safe a thousand lives since the pandemic broke out”, Véran hailed.