Coronavirus: towards strict lockdown despite local measures?

Published by Rizhlaine F. · Photos by Rizhlaine F. · Published on 28 March 2021 at 17h19 · Updated on 29 March 2021 at 10h02
As the coronavirus epidemic is escalating, the government decides on local restrictions. But will it be enough to prevent a new nationwide lockdown in spring 2021 in France?

The executive, and specifically Head of State Emmanuel Macron, said so quite explicitly: the beginning of spring will be hard. A year after the first nationwide lockdown, the virus actively spreads in France, and for good reason, the country is now facing the threat of more transmissible coronavirus mutations leading to an increase in contaminations. A two-front battle is then fought: the vaccination campaign, and curbing the spread of Covid-19.

For now, the government has decided on instated local restrictions softer than those experienced before. 16 departments are involved in a hybrid lockdown, and curfew from 7 p.m. has been instated in the country instead of 6 p.m. because of summertime change. A solution to try and prevent another nationwide lockdown and both psychological and economic fallouts of more drastic measures.

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But will it be enough to prevent another strict lockdown in 2021 in France? Well, first it is necessary to assess the impact of the latest local restrictions instated since March 20. The first impacts are expected within two weeks.

Even though the hospital pressure is still strong in the hardest-hit departments, the prospect of health evacuations – namely transferring Covid patients to relatively spared areas – might enable to curb the high occupancy rate issue. But, if hospitals are close to nationwide overwhelming, then the decision will be unavoidable. As of March 23, 2021, the occupancy rate in intensive care units reached 91.6%. It is higher than when the second lockdown has been decided: as of October 29, 2020, it reached 62.2%. In Île-de-France, hospitals consider they will be overwhelmed within two weeks.

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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 Monday 19 April 2021, 118.03% of ICU beds are taken in France. , ICU bed occupancy rate per region"]

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As the positive effect of vaccination starts being noticeable in nursing homes, more and more young people are hospitalized in intensive care units. There are even twice as many of patients under 50, and without comorbidities since January 2021. Over the past eight days, the phenomenon has been increasing, so much that the regional health authorities and the government are highly concerned.

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