Coronavirus: a third lockdown in France by mid-January?

Published by Caroline J., Rizhlaine F., Cécile D. · Photos by My B. · Published on 16 January 2021 at 17h22 · Updated on 16 January 2021 at 17h22
Is France heading to a third lockdown? Despite the launch of the vaccine campaign, several signs and indicators have the health authorities worried. Here are the factors showing French are about to enter a new lockdown.

To each wave its lockdown? As there are almost 20,000 cases per day, France is still waiting for the consequences of the Holidays and end-of-the-year celebrations, and the country is worrying about a third lockdown. Several doctors consider this scenario as unavoidable, as shown in a collective forum byb PandémIA released in Le Monde.

But what are elements suggesting a third lockdown is unavoidable? Despite the launch of the vaccine campaign on December 27th, the first phase of this operation only applies to 1 million French in January 2021. Even though it is expected to limit contaminations and death within nursing homes, it will not be enough to massively control the spread of the virus throughout the country.

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Another worrying factor: the latest coronavirus variant detected in the United-Kingdom now present in France. As it is 70% more contagious than the strain we have known so far, it led to an exponential growth in cases in South-Eastern England, including London. These areas are now back in quarantine. Without forgetting the South-African variant that is much deadlier, even though still pretty rare in France.

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A first case of the Covid variant first spotted in the United Kingdom has been reported this Friday December 25 in Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France. The case is an expatriate living on the other side of the Channel, asymptomatic, and back in France for the Holidays. He has been placed into quarantine and is feeling well, the Directorate-General for Health says.

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As a first Covid-19 variant contamination case has been confirmed this Saturday December 26, 2020 by the Directorate-General for Health, contaminations are not likely to decrease any time soon. This is what thinks Dr. Benjamin Davido, infectious disease specialist from Garches Raymond-Poincaré hospital.

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After the United-Kingdom, it is South Africa that has scientists worried. They say a new variant of coronavirus found in the country is likely “more transmissible” than the previous strains already known. A first case has been discovered this December 31, 2020 in France. This Thursday January 14, Jean Castex said border controls will be reinforced to prevent it from exponentially spreading.

During his latest public addresses, Jean Castex and his ministers guaranteed a third lockdown was not under way for now, and other solutions will be implemented before. The government prefers implementing curfew - brough forward to 6 p.m. in more and more departments.

Many doctors yet condemn "half measures" inadequate to truly stop the spread of the virus. The Defense Council gathers again this Wednesday January 13: new restrictions, and even a new lockdown, may be announced at the end of the meeting.

Nonetheless, a third lockdown is no unique situation: across the world, several countries have already opted this solution to take control over the coronavirus epidemic again. In Europe, more and more restrictions have been instated.

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