Past the Holidays, France may experience a third coronavirus epidemic wave in January 2021. A prospect casting the shadow of another lockdown over the country. We must say that this would not be a never-before-seen measure: over the globe, several countries are placed into lockdown for the third time since the crisis broke out.
But a possible new local-based lockdown has been ruled out for now by the executive that prefers curfew from 6 p.m. in departments the most hit by the pandemic. All in all, twenty departments where the incidence and hospitalization rates are the highest.
"We will propose to extend curfew that will start from 6 p.m. instead of 8 p.m. in all territories where it is necessary" Olivier Véran said this Tuesday evening on France 2. Measures to be instated from January 2.
According to the map of hospital occupancy rate in France, four regions are listed in red area: Grand-Est, Bourgogne Franche-Comté, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. As of December 28, 2020, they respectively display an occupancy rate of 64.7%, 90.4%, 76.7% and 62.6%.
It is the incidence rate of departments and cities that will settle on the implementation of an early curfew or not: a rate above 200 for 100,000 inhabitants.
15 departments were first placed under curfew. There were:
8 new departments have been included on Sunday January 10, 2021. There are:
Here are the Defense Council's propositions to limit the spread of coronavirus:
Other restrictions might be implemented in the event the epidemic was breaking out again past the Holidays.
Incidence rate in France as of January 21, 2021
Jean Castex announced nationwide curfew from 6 p.m. for at least two weeks. The incidence rate by department remains an indicator to monitor very closely to know more about the evolution of the epidemic. As a matter of fact, even though departments exceeding the threshold of 200 positive cases for 100,000 inhabitants were first to make new measures to fight against the spread of the epidemic, including implementing extended curfew, brought forward to 6 p.m., the entire country now has to comply with the measure until the situation improves. Here are the incidence rates in each department as of January 21, 2021.
Curfew from 6 p.m. in Var and Drôme from Tuesday
Unlike the United Kingdom or Germany, the French government seems to have ruled out the prospect of another total lockdown to stop the third epidemic wave. Yet this Thursday January 7, Prime Minister Jean Castex warns against the danger of the current epidemic situation at a press brief. Curfew is kept at 8 p.m. everywhere in France, excluding 25 departments already under curfew from 6 p.m. Var and Drôme are being included in the list starting tomorrow. Haute-Savoie remains under curfew from 8 p.m.
Covid: Castex confirms nationwide curfew from 6 p.m. in mainland France
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