So far, each epidemic wave caused a lockdown. And the issue has risen again. Although the country managed to escape this measure during the fourth wave thanks to the improvement in vaccination and the extension of the health pass some people fear the measure could be reinstated as the country is facing a fifth epidemic wave.
Why is this issue relevant again today? Cases have been skyrocketting with the fifth epidemic wave in several EU countries, in addition to extra vigilance because of the Omicron variant, a mutation more contagious than the Delta variant. Although vaccination enabled to prevent lockdown for the previous wave, this Fall 2021, France has started a third-dose booster shot campaign.
Covid: Omicron variant positive people’s vaccinated contact cases no longer have to self-isolate
The new Omicron variant was temporarily game-changing. From this day forth, all contact-cases of someone who tested positive to the Covid-19 Omicron or Delta variant no longer have to self-isolate if vaccinated. [Read more]
Covid: Omicron variant likely to “settle” in France from early 2022, according to Pr. Delfraissy
While the Omicron variant has been reported this December 2 in Île-de-France, Jean-François Delfraissy considers the new variant is likely to “settle” in France and more specifically in Europe from “early 2022 or late January 2022”. [Read more]
Covid: omicron variant three times more likely to cause reinfection, a study says
As nine Omicron variant cases have been reported in France to this stage, a South African study says the reinfection risk increases with the Omicron variant. Keep reading to find out more. [Read more]
Covid: requirements to enter France made harsher, Gabriel Attal’s announcements
After December 1, 2021’s council of ministers, Gabriel Attal announced requirements at the borders were now harsher. Compulsory negative test from less than 48 hours for all non-EU travelers, test from less than 24 hours for all non-vaccinated travelers from an EU member country… Here are the latest restrictions. [Read more]
Should one expect another lockdown in France? During the press brief held this Monday December 6, 2021, Prime Minister Jean Castex and Health Minister Olivier Véran have announced no lockdown or curfew. But measures aiming at making vaccination easier for the most at-risk and non-vaccinated people have been announced, as well as reinforced health protocol at school and the closure of nightclubs.
Coronavirus: festive gatherings, health pass… the French government’s latest announcements
Following the health defense council, Prime Minister Jean Castex and Health Minister Olivier Véran announced new restrictions especially as it comes to festive gatherings. Here are the measures instated for the Holidays. [Read more]
For the time being, although cases of the Omicron variant have been reported in France, the fight against the Delta variant goes on as the main concern. But to be able to assess the likelihood of a new lockdown, the right indicators are needed. This restriction mostly aims at preventing hospital units from being overcrowded. Now the "white plan" is being progressively reinstated in French hospitals as they are more and more under pressure. But, the impact of these past measures can only be assessed within two weeks after their implementation. If necessary, the government might make more extreme measures.