The Prime Minister is holding a press conference this Thursday evening to announce new measures against Covid-19. A national curfew from 6 p.m. has been decreed, with entry into force from Saturday.
A curfew will be put in place from 6 p.m. and from Saturday throughout the national territory, announced Jean Castex this Thursday evening, during a press conference during which he announced a panel of new measures supposed to fight against Covid-19 and its new variants.
· A “controlled but fragile” situation
At first, the head of government welcomed the fact that the end-of-year celebrations passed “without an epidemic outbreak”, “thanks to the exemplary behavior” of most French people. The health situation is therefore “under control compared to what is observed in our neighbors”. However, it remains “fragile”, he qualified, “because the virus is circulating in the territory and the pressure on our hospitals remains at a stable but high level”.
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Jean Castex then affirmed that it was imperative to “do everything” to prevent the spread of the new variants which are now circulating in the country “, specifying that the English variant was” more contagious in the order of 30 to 70% than the “initial” virus but that it “did not give more serious forms”.
A national curfew from 6 p.m. for 15 days
The national curfew will therefore be implemented nationwide from this Saturday, and for a period of at least 15 days. “This in a logic of preventive braking, to reduce social contact”, explained Jean Castex.
Derogatory certificates will again be required to return from work and pick up the children from school. All places open to the public, including shops, must therefore close at this time.
A mandatory negative test for travelers outside the EU
“We are going to tighten significantly the conditions of entry into the territory”, also announced the Prime Minister. “For nationals of countries outside the European Union, you will have to present a negative PCR test in order to be able to return to France.”
The se people will also have to “undertake on the honor to isolate themselves for seven days once they arrive in France, then to repeat a second PCR test at the end”, added the Prime Minister during a conference of hurry.
Reinforced health protocol in schools
Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer said the government was “more than ever convinced that it is of prime importance to keep schools open” in order to maintain “continuity of learning” for students.
A reinforced health protocol will however be put in place in the establishments. The re will be no more “brewing possible” between the students “during the meal between classes”. “ The pupils of the same class will eat together every day and at the same table. When this is not possible, the mealtaking time will be extended, and as a last resort a take-out meal will be offered to the children”, detailed the minister.
Indoor sports activities suspended
Indoor school and extracurricular sports activities will be suspended until further notice, Jean-Michel Blanquer then announced. “All indoor practices are suspended,” said the Minister of Education, in schools as well as out of school, and “for a few weeks probably”.
Hybrid operation continued in high schools
The hybrid operation (mixing face-to-face and distance learning) will be extended in high schools after January 20. “Our recommendation is that the Terminale are as much as possible in the presence”, added the minister, in anticipation of the baccalaureate exams. The hybrid mode is also authorized exceptionally in certain colleges.
Universities: resumption of tutorials in half-groups in the 1st year from January 25
The resumption by half-groups of tutorials in the first year in universities will be from January 25, announced Frédérique Vidal, the Minister of Higher Education Thursday evening.
New restrictions in Guyana, Mayotte and Réunion
Additional restrictions will be put in place in Guyana, Mayotte and Réunion. “Guyana, and through it the West Indies, must be as protected as possible from the risk variant circulating in the Amazon”, explained Jean Castex.
The prefect will have to take restrictive measures in the coming days in these areas. Border controls will be stepped up and negative tests required to reach these territories, he added.
More than 700 vaccination centers open from Monday
The head of government announced the opening of more than 700 vaccination centers from Monday across France, indicating that “more than 300,000 people” would be vaccinated this Thursday evening and that doses will be available “at the end of the month of February to vaccinate 2.5 million French “. If other vaccines were authorized in Europe and France by then, “we could have a total of 4 million doses of vaccine”.
· Refinement not excluded in the event of “degradation”
If the new measures announced this Thursday do not include any new confinement, Jean Castex warned that the government did not exclude this possibility in the event of “strong epidemic degradation”.
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