Faced with the spread of the coronavirus epidemic in France, the government goes for local measures. From now on, the executive places areas where the spread of Covid-19 is the most preoccupying in the category of departments under strengthened surveillance. It means additional curbing measures are instated. Depending on the evolution of the situation, they might lead to a new local lockdown.
France Covid map, Sunday 9 May 2021, ICU bed occupancy rate per region
We keep on monitoring data as for the coronavirus situation in France closely. More and more departments are once again vigilance areas because of the virus being highly active. This Sunday 9 May 2021, 98.28% of ICU beds are taken in France. , ICU bed occupancy rate per region"]
Incidence rate in France as of Sunday 9 May 2021
As France is on curfew from 6 p.m., 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 Sunday 9 May 2021."]
On February 25, 2021, during his press brief, Prime Minister Jean Castex stated that 20 departmentsare placed under strengthened surveillance. A week later, three more departments are added. The determining indicator is the incidence rate above 250 cases for 100,000 inhabitants. If this indicator is too high, measures might be strengthened including weekend lockdown.
Since March 25, 2021, 13 other departments are placed under strengthened surveillance: Ain, Alpes de Haute Provence, Ardennes, Indre et Loire, Isère, Jura, Loir et Cher, Loire, Lozère, Marne, Meuse, Orne, Savoie. Furthermore, 19 departments are now involved in hybrid lockdown.
Local lockdown in France, the 19 departments involved, 3 new areas in lockdown
Faced with the increase in coronavirus cases in some departments in France, several areas are now submitted to lockdown. Here are the 19 departments the measure applies to.
Departmets placed under strengthened surveillance are:
This Saturday February 27, Castex spoke with prefects from the 20 departments in question, and the general directors of the Regional Health Agencies, and the PM asked them to strengthen surveillance, and improve controls of the health measures already implemented, especially curfew.
Matignon announces the head of government has "called prefects to carry out in-depth consultations, and make immediate measures: strengthening controls of measures instated, improving the vaccination campaign, deploying saliva tests in schools, complying with remote working guidelines".