The situation is deteriorating in Île-de-France. In the area, the UK variant – 70% more transmissible than the historic strain – is now dominating. The Paris region experiences strong increase in the incidence rate and Île-de-France hospitals sound the alarm. As a new Health Defense Council is scheduled this Wednesday March 31, 2021, might Île-de-France see lockdown strengthened this week?
Covid: New Health Council to be held this Thursday April 8
A new Health Council is to be held this Thursday April 8, 2021. On the occasion, the country’s Covid epidemic situation will be re-assessed, but not likely to lead to new measures, as the lockdown announced this past March 31 by Emmanuel Macron has just started.
Since March 20, 2021, the Paris area has been experiencing a softer lockdown: trips without derogatory trip certificates are allowed within a 10-km around your house without time limit. Furthermore, after moving to summertime, curfew has been postponed for one hour. Yet, gatherings over six people and outside are banned and could be fined. As for schools, they are still open, and for companies, working from home remains standard.
Lockdown in Paris and Île-de-France: what is allowed beyond 10km?
Paris and Île-de-France are experiencing another lockdown. From now on, outings beyond 10km from one’s home are subject to derogation. What can you do, then? Is it allowed to collect an order beyond this limit? Keep reading to find out more.
Covid: gatherings over six people outdoors will be “fined”
As the government has unveiled a new communication campaign slogan “Dedans avec les miens, dehors en citoyen” (that could be translated into “Inside with my own, outside as a citizen”), Secretary of the Interior Gérald Darmanin demands prefects gatherings over six people outdoors to be “strictly fined” in the 16 departments subject to “curbing measures”, as well as anywhere else in the country.
More and more people have been calling for strengthened measures and for good reason, as of March 27, 2021 all Île-de-France departments – excluding Hauts-de-Seine (507.3) display the highest incidence rates in France. At the top sits Seine-Saint-Denis with 777 cases for 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Val d’Oise with 774.8 cases for 100,00 inhabitants. Then come Seine-et-Marne (675.8), Val-de-Marne (664.3), Paris (575.1), Essonne (571.2), and Yvelines (542.7). Note the impacts of restrictions can only be assessed at least two weeks after being instated.
Paris and Île-de-France incidence rate as of Monday 12 April 2021
In France, the second epidemic wave keeps on spreading in many areas. Curfew has been brought forward to 6 p.m. since January 16, 2021 instead of 8 p.m. Health authorities have set the incidence rate per department as a determining criterion to know if measures should be made harder or easier. To make Île-de-France inhabitants’ life easier, here is the incidence rate map by departments in Paris and Île-de-France as of Monday 12 April 2021, based on data shared by CovidTracker and Data.gouv."]
A difficult period is coming up within Île-de-France hospitals. As 80% of the non-Covid activity is cancelled – in order to attend patients with severe coronavirus – AP-HP crisis directors affirm that within two weeks, they will be overwhelmed. For the first time in France, doctors might have to sort ICU Covid and non-Covid patients out. A situation leading to an increase in the death toll.
Coronavirus in Île-de-France: hospitals to be overwhelmed within two weeks, ICU patients to be sorted out?
Île-de-France coronavirus epidemic situation worsens. According to AP-HP crisis directors, the hospital pressure is such they might be overwhelmed within two weeks. Doctors then may have to sort ICU patients out.
Coronavirus: younger sick hospitalized in ICU, clear increase in admissions
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.
And what about schools? The increasing contamination toll in youth is also worrying. The health protocol in schools is to be reinforced: starting Monday March 29, 2021 in the 19 departments in lockdown, schools are to close as soon as one coronavirus case is proven. Île-de-France region president Valérie Pécresse urged to bring school break forward to try and curb the epidemic. a measure that is not considered so far. President Emmanuel Macron has reminded the general closure of schools can only occur as a last resort.
Covid: strengthened health protocol for schools, classes to close when one case is confirmed
Schools will close only as a last resort, this is what the government has been saying for weeks, as most of France is already back into lockdown. During the latest press brief, on March 25, Olivier Véran announced a new strengthened health protocol will soon be instated in schools. This Friday March 26, Minister of the National Education Jean-Michel Blanquer said that starting next week, in the 19 departments involved by the new measures, classes are to close as soon as one Covid-19 contamination case is detected.