A new Health Council took place this Wednesday February 17 to addess the health crisis, followed by a ministerial council. For the time being, no statement has been made, but during the report, government spokesman Gabriel Attal described an "oh-so fragile situation the slightest thing can change it all".
According to some sources, the government is not considering more restrictions by the end of the Winter break. Even though a new lockdown does not seem to be on the agenda for now, over the past weeks, the executive made a few decisions intended to curb the spread of the coronavirus epidemic and stop the threat from variants. Therefore, shopping malls beyond a certain surface have been forced to close and saliva tests are to be deployed in schools after the school break.
Yet, Attal's speech was not optimistic for all that. Speaking of a very high hospital pressure and saying the epidemic is unpredictable, the spokesman calls for vigilance and even says the French might pay a high price in the event of slackening. No news as for the reopening calendar for cultural places, bars, cafés, and restaurants. Attal yet hailed the French's responsibility who "managed to thwart forecasts" and is confident as for the soon acceleration of the vaccination campaign.