Covid: “this 5th wave is starting at lightning speed” in France, Gabriel Attal alerts

Published by Caroline J. · Photos by My B. · Published on 23 November 2021 at 17h48
With an increase of 81% in cases in one week, this Sunday November 21, government spokesman Gabriel Attal spoke about the “5th wave is starting at lightning speed”.

How will the health situation evolve over the days and weeks to come in France? As facemasks are now compulsory again at school, and the health pass conditioned to a 3rd shot for people over the age of 65, are new measures to be reinstated? So far, the question remains unanswered, but the increase in new Covid-19 case toll worries and is talked a lot in the country.

This Sunday November 21, 2021, invited for the “Grand Rendez-Vous” radio show on Europe 1/Les Echos/Cnews, French government spokesman alerted about this “5th wave is starting at lightning speed”.

There is almost an 80% increase in one week, with 17,000 daily cases”, Attal stated this Sunday. “The incidence rate is estimated circa 164 for 100,000 inhabitants, it was at 100 at the beginning of the week”, he added.

So, could these bad data lead to new restrictions? For the time being, Gabriel Attal tries to be reassuring and confident. “We enjoy a very wide vaccine coverage. We are even ahead of our neighbors when it comes to booster shot although we need French concerned to keep uniting. And the health pass is instated in France since this summer”, he explained.

Nevertheless, the government spokesman remains cautious and fears the multiplication of cases to come. “Given the speed of the increase in the incidence rate, it will probably reach 200 in the coming days”, he estimated this Sunday.

As for Pr. Arnaud Fontanet – member of the Scientific Committee – on France Info this Monday morning he spoke about a “very brutal” epidemic resurgence in the country, “more than we thought”, he admitted. “The evolution of this epidemic is very fickle” but “the experience shows the more we act, the less tough and long measures will be”, he added.

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