As lockdown exit is just around the corner, and while the health situation is slowly improving everywhere in France, the government remains cautious and multiplies calls for prudence about the Covid-19 epidemic situation. After peaking in mid-April, the third wave has started to decline although indicators remain high. As mainland France is subject to a soft lockdown, the government is to gather again this Wednesday April 28, 2021 for a new Defense council followed by a ministerial council.
What to expect, then? Two days after nursery and elementary schools reopen, it is now time to tackle the progressive reopening of business sectors. A stock on the health situation would enable to see the first lines of exiting lockdown that could be completed "by step", depending on the health situation in each region, as announced by President Macron. The reopening calendar of places closed and protocols to adopt could also be on the table. Judged "too early" by Emmanuel Macron, curfew will be also debated during the meeting.
The acceleration of the vaccination campaign and the likely opening to new age targets remain vital issues, as well as the threats of the latest coronavirus variants originating from Brazil, the Scientific Committee fearing they might spread by the summer 2021. It seems the government might speak about opening vaccination to all people aged 50+ because of the increase in slots available. This increase in vaccination could take place before May 15 - date announced by the executive.
Depending on the conclusions of the Defense Council, government spokesman Gabriel Attal is expected to give a report in the early afternoon. In the event of new announcements, a press brief would be held on Thursday at the end of the afternoon.