the government under pressure in the face of the rise of the virus

The emotional lift continues. Three weeks after Emmanuel Macron’s surprise decision not to reconfigure the country, the executive is again under pressure in the face of a resurgence of the Covid-19 epidemic. After showing optimism – the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, going so far as to judge « possible » that France is not “Never re-defined” -, the tide is turning. In question: the multiplication of foci caused by an increased circulation of variants. Three territories are subject to enhanced surveillance at the top of the State: the Alpes-Maritimes, the Moselle and the North. But the whole of France is holding its breath.

Monday February 22, the prefecture of the Alpes-Maritimes announced the establishment of a coastal containment the next two weekends to deal with the outbreak of cases in Nice and its region. And in Dunkirk, “Additional braking measures” of the epidemic will be put in place, announced Matignon on Tuesday after a consultation with elected officials.

What pave the way for a differentiation of the health response? According to the entourage of the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, “Nothing is excluded, neither a territorial strategy nor a national containment, including” tight “”. Closure of schools included, therefore. To escape this option of last resort, the government hopes to contain the few epidemic outbreaks already declared.

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For several days, the entourage of Emmanuel Macron ensures to see appear “A geographic Covid”, with an increase or decrease according to the departments. What justify an à la carte treatment. Especially since the answers differ from place to place. “In Nice or Dunkirk, the level of circulation of the virus is very high, with an incidence rate of over 700 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, this presupposes reinforced local management measures to limit contacts and therefore the circulation of the virus. ‘epidemic. In Moselle, the alert comes from an abnormally high rise in cases of South African and Brazilian variants, so the goal is to track down these variants and break the chains of contamination ”, specifies the Ministry of Health.

Risk of restart

“It would have been necessary to act ten days ago to decide on a short and localized confinement which is a real brake on the epidemic rather than these endless curfews”, annoys the mayor (Les Républicains, LR) of Metz, François Grosdidier. “If there is a need for confinement, we must have the courage to do it”, adds Jean Rottner, LR president of the Grand-Est regional council. Both are nevertheless satisfied that the government accepts ” finally “ to set up a strategy “Territorialized”.

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