Normal life has never been this close in a long time. As the coronavirus epidemic is weakening and the vaccination campaign is improving, France is moving to the first step of the four-step lockdown exit plan. It also includes major reopening: therefore, since June 9, 2021 restaurants reopen their indoor dinning rooms and gyms can welcome customers as well, and curfew has been moved to 11 p.m., until it is fully lifted on June 30, 2021.
Yet, although these easing measures are to occur on a nationwide basis, the government keeps curbing leverages for themselves in places where the epidemic circulation is still too active. In concrete words, it means that when a department or a metropolis has an incidence rate over 400 cases for 100,000 inhabitants, or experiences a sharp epidemic surge, the reopening calendar can be stopped while the situation is improving.
Since Tuesday May 4, 2021 there has not been a single department in France above this decisive threshold - according to consolidated data as of May 1, 2021.
Furthermore, this Monday June 14, 2021, the incidence rate is still above 50 cases for 100,000 inhabitants in 13 French departments for the past 7 days. Here are the places where the virus spreads the most:
To follow the evolution of the incidence rate per department on a daily basis:
Incidence rate in France as of Tuesday 15 June 2021
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 Tuesday 15 June 2021.