Coronavirus – Omicron variant: is another lockdown to be expected in France?

Published by Rizhlaine F., Cécile D. · Photos by Rizhlaine F. · Updated on 4 December 2021 at 11h21 · Published on 29 November 2021 at 11h02
As a fifth coronavirus epidemic wave is hitting France, the spread of the Omicron variant has the world worried. Is another lockdown to be expected in France?

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? Although vaccination enabled to prevent lockdown for the previous wave, this Fall 2021, France has started a third-dose booster shot campaign. Some people fear the vaccine is less effective 6 months after the second injection. Furthermore, faced with this new wave, some countries have instated additional restrictions including the implementation of a health pass, lockdown for non-vaccinated people and general lockdown to stop the swift rise of the epidemic.

Should one expect another lockdown in France? For the time being, this is not a solution on the agenda. Even though most of the French are for putting non-vaccinated people in lockdown, French President Emmanuel Macron recently claimed this measure will not be necessary in the country. On November 25, 2021, during his press brief, French health Minister Olivier Véran announced straight away: "I will announce no lockdown, curfew or early closing of stores or travel limitations".

But there is a game-changing element around: the Omicron variant, a more contagious mutation leading to restrictions worldwide. Drugmakers' challenge is now to adapt vaccines to protect people against the mutant. A challenge coming as several countries have started a booster shot campaign for a third dose of vaccine.

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The situation could lead to new restrictions. But to find out if it could include a lockdown, it is necessary to look at the right indicators. This restriction mostly aims at preventing hospital units from being overcrowded.

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The hospitalization toll is growing in France. As of Monday December 6, 2021, the country reported 12,096 Covid-19 sick hospitalized, against 9,860 the week before. Furthermore, 2,191 patients are in ICU. [Read more]

You can follow the daily situation on the page below:

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We keep on monitoring data as for the coronavirus situation in France closely. As of Tuesday 7 December 2021, 46.48% of ICU beds are taken in France. [Read more]

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