Covid: towards compulsory isolation for anyone positive to the virus?

Published by Cécile D. · Published on 14 July 2021 at 18h34 · Updated on 15 July 2021 at 11h28
In their ongoing bill, the government wishes to impose a 10-day self-isolation period to anyone tested positive to Covid-19.

The Ministerial Council is to pass a bill from July 19 before it is being discussed at the Parliament. This draft bill focuses on the extension of the health pass and compulsory vaccination. Among the bill articles of this fore-project in preparation stands a chapter on isolation of people positive to Covid-19. For now, it is the article 4 of the draft bill.

The government wishes to impose a 10-day self-isolation period to anyone who caught the virus. So far, this isolation period for over a week was to only apply to people entering the French country.

If this draft bill is officially passed, anyone positive to Covid will get – with their PCR results – an individual prefectorial decree specifying the isolation rules to comply with – according to RTL.

This fore-project also plans controls performed by the police to make sure sick comply with their isolation periods. The text reads they are allowed to go out only between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. This rule can be adapted for anyone not safe if isolated or to “pursue family life, minors’ special condition”.

In the event of an offence, sanctions will be applied but the government has not specified them yet.

On BFMTV, this Tuesday July 13, Olivier Véran reminded that through prefectorial decree, at the moment, the isolation of someone contaminated can be claimed but not constraint. This lack of freedom makes the Constitutional Council or the Council of State twitch and the government is aware.

We have a draft bill that is to be sent to the Council of State, and it is part of the leads we are considering. It is not certain, if we were to add to the draft bill, the Council of State allows us to do”, the Health Minister admits, while he preaches for a measure enabling to “guarantee isolation is complied with”.

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