Covid: nationwide, localwide, weekend-based lockdown... what to expect if curfew fails?

Published by Rizhlaine F. · Photos by My B. · Published on 22 February 2021 at 13h56 · Updated on 1 March 2021 at 11h34
To fight against a third coronavirus epidemic wave, mainland France is now under curfew from 6 p.m. But facing the increasing incidence rate and new contaminations all over the country, what are the next steps in the event this measure fails? Here are leads considered so far.

Each step of the fight against the coronavirus epidemic comes up with a new challenge. As vaccine campaigns have started all over the world, the threat of more transmissible variants makes the fight against Covid-19 harder. In France, curfew from 6 p.m. has been instated all over the mainland country. What is next?

During the second wave, curfew was implemented in October in the hardest-hit cities amid the epidemic surge. But the measure did not prevent from another nationwide lockdown at the end of the month. As mainland France has once again instated the measure on December 15, 2020, what should the country expect if the event curfew is not enough to curb the epidemic?

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The next step could be another lockdown. Even though November’s lockdown was not as strict as March’s, a third lockdown could be different. Among leads already considered by the government, there was, for instance, a weekend-based lockdown pairing week-based curfew. Whether lockdown is full or partial, it is still not known if the measure would be implemented first nationwide or regionwide.

More recently, the lead of a targeted lockdown - namely targeting people the most at risk - has been suggested again. Infectious disease specialist and member of the Covid-19 vaccine committee Odile Launey endorsed this method on BFMTV.

But now, it seems the leaad of a localwide lockdown in places where the health situation is the more complex is given pride of place. But this measure is taking several shapes. Therefore, general lockdown has been implemented in Mayotte in early February. In Alpes-Maritimes, the government leans towards partial lockdown, on weekends, along with curfew during the week. The Île-de-France area may be the next area a local new lockdown could be decided on.

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