Coronavirus: departments risking strengthened restrictions

Published by Rizhlaine F. · Photos by My B. · Published on 28 March 2021 at 17h29 · Updated on 29 March 2021 at 10h08
As the coronavirus epidemic goes on in France, the government has decreed local lockdown in 19 departments. Yet, the list may grow longer. Which departments might be placed in lockdown too? Here what the latest data say.

The coronavirus epidemic keeps on spreading in France, and the country is battling on two fronts: on one side, the improvement of the vaccination campaign, on the other side, the spread of more transmissible variants. Therefore, to curb the epidemic, while taking psychological and economic issues of the health restrictions into account, the government now decrees hybrid lockdown, 24/7, but less strict than the first two. From now on, 19 departments are involved by the measure. But the list might grow longer soon.

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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.

Which departments might be placed in lockdown too? The first 16 departments placed in lockdown share a common point: as of March 19, 2021, their incidence rates were above 300 cases for 100,000 inhabitants. It was also the case in Aube, Nièvre, and Rhône where the measure has been extended to, even though these departments are not the only ones to have exceeded the threshold. As of Sunday March 28, 2021, 13 departments not placed in lockdown exceeded the threshold:

04 — Alpes-de-Haute-Provence — Digne-les-Bains  382.6 
05 — Hautes-Alpes — Gap 336.5
08 — Ardennes — Charleville-Mézières 304.3
13 — Bouches-du-Rhône — Marseille 409.1
25 — Doubs — Besançon 344.8
28 — Eure-et-Loir — Chartres  357.7
30 — Gard — Nîmes  353.7
42 — Loire  Saint-Étienne  340.4
48 — Lozère — Mende  340.8
55 — Meuse — Bar-le-Duc 305.5
61 — Orne — Alençon  312.7
83 — Var  Toulon  397.4
84 — Vaucluse — Avignon  382,7

Please note other indicators might also influence the executive’s and prefects’ decisions. The ICU occupancy rate, as well as the number of hospitalizations are also factors likely to lead to strengthened decisions or the extension of restrictions instated. Furthermore, depending on the evolution of the situation on a regional scale, the decision to put an entire region in lockdown, like Hauts-de-France or Île-de-France, might be made as well.

To track the daily evolution of indicators on a local basis in France:

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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 Thursday 22 April 2021."]

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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 Thursday 22 April 2021, 118.25% of ICU beds are taken in France. , ICU bed occupancy rate per region"]

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