Things always come in threes? The Holiday challenge has been only recently completed amid the coronavirus epidemic, and France is now already preparing for a third wave. The threat of more transmissible coronavirus variants and the surge of the epidemic lead to new restrictions including an early curfew, from 6 p.m., across mainland France.
After a first local lockdown in Mayotte, a second process has been announced this Monday February 22, 2021 in Alpes-Maritimes. This time, the prefect announced a weekend lockdown, namely from Friday at 6 p.m. to Monday at 6 a.m. in addition to the curfew over the week. The day after, Dunkirk and the cities around decreed this measure as well. Starting March 6, Pas-de-Calais is added to those areas where weekend lockdown is applied to.
But this restriction may spread to more territories. What would be the regions, departments and cities it could be applied to? It all depends on the evolution of indicators. The one raising the alarm is the occupancy rate in ICU with covid patients. The overload of hospital units leads to the increase in the death toll. A map dedicated to this indicator enables to know the situation's daily evolution.
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.
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".
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