Jean Castex and Olivier Véran this Thursday revealed the government’s new measures in the fight against Covid-19. These include the containment of Pas-de-Calais at the weekend, following the same rules as in Nice and Dunkirk, or the surveillance of three new departments: Hautes-Alpes, Aube and Aisne. At the same time, a precise point was made for the future phases of the vaccination campaign.
Prime Minister Jean Castex held the traditional weekly update on the Covid-19 epidemic in France this Thursday March 4th. According to the Ministry of Health, 25,279 additional contaminations were registered within 24 hours. Here are the main government announcements.
Hautes-Alpes, Aisne and Aube are monitored
The government has reiterated its wish not to restore general containment. It is time to undertake localized interventions by subjecting the departments hardest hit by the epidemic to “enhanced surveillance”. By then, 20 departments had been affected by these measures. The Hautes-Alpes, Aisne and Aube are now joining this list, bringing the number of departments under this status to 23.
Pas-de-Calais is now locked up on the weekend
This is not really news: the Pas-de-Calais department, severely affected by the epidemic, will have to watch the containment over the weekend. This was particularly the wish of his Prefect Louis Le Franc. “The incidence is indeed increasing very rapidly”, namely “23% in the last 7 days and now exceeds the threshold of 400 per 100,000, almost double the national average,” said the Prime Minister. Minister also pointed out the saturation of intensive care services, “at the top of all French departments”.
In the monitored departments, non-food shopping centers with an area of more than 10,000 m² were closed
Starting this Friday, March 5th, at midnight, non-food shopping centers and brands with an area of over 10,000 m² will have to close their doors under increased surveillance in view of the resurgence of Covid-19 in 23 departments. The only exception is the Pas-de-Calais department, where the closure affects non-food areas of more than 5,000 m². So far, only shopping centers with more than 20,000 m² have been affected.
Jean Castex: “Shopping centers or large commercial areas of more than 10,000 m² will be closed” in “Risk Departments” pic.twitter.com/pXtBCEAAUv
– BFMTV (@BFMTV) March 4, 2021
Goal: 20 million French people had been vaccinated by mid-May
“We should have vaccinated at least 10 million people by mid-April and 20 million people by mid-May,” promised all volunteers over 50 years old Prime Minister Jean Castex in the government press of the conference.
“By summer we will have enough doses to offer vaccinations to 30 million people or two-thirds of the population over the age of 18,” added the Prime Minister, while 3.2 million people have had a first injection and more than 1.7 Millions have been vaccinated with two doses.
30% of the nurses are already vaccinated: Véran asks them to get a massive vaccination
Alongside Jean Castex, Olivier Véran said this Thursday that around 40% of nursing home staff and 30% of caregivers in the city and in the hospital have been vaccinated. “That is of course not enough,” said the health minister and announced that he would send a letter to all caregivers in our country on Friday, whether they are in the city, in the hospital or in a medico-social institution, to emphatically to encourage them to be vaccinated “.
Olivier Véran on vaccinations: “When we are caregivers, it is our responsibility to protect ourselves and avoid exposing those we care for” pic.twitter.com/s1KABVp9oG
– BFMTV (@BFMTV) March 4, 2021
Pharmacists can vaccinate in pharmacies from mid-March
People over 50 with comorbid conditions can get vaccinated from their pharmacist from the 15th week of March as soon as we have received the next shipment of Astra Zeneca vaccines, said the Prime Minister after Olivier Véran’s speech.
No reduction in measures before April 15th
Regarding a possible return to normal life, the Prime Minister referred to mid-April, a time when the government could “ease the constraints” when it is expected to hit 10 million people vaccinated. “In spring, the climatic conditions are less favorable for the virus to spread,” adds Olivier Véran.
The English variant accounts for more than 60% of the contamination
Jean Castex started this press conference by reminding them that “the spread of the virus has accelerated for a fortnight”. A development “which is clearly related to the advancement of the English variant, which now accounts for more than 60% of the contamination in our country,” he said.