President Emmanuel Macron will address the French on Wednesday evening to present them a new turn of the screw in the fight against the Covid-19 epidemic, which could go as far as a national reconfinement but less strict than that of spring.
These new restrictive measures, which promise to be “unpopular”, will be decided in the morning during a Defense Council preceding the Council of Ministers. “Everything can move until the last momentt “, warned a ministerial adviser.
On Tuesday, the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, deemed “essential” “new measures” to fight against the coronavirus, which he must present to Parliament on Thursday. “We must mobilize not only national representation but our entire country“, continued the head of government on Twitter.
Tuesday morning, Emmanuel Macron chaired a first Defense Council in the presence of the Prime Minister and a dozen ministers, kicking off a series of meetings that will last until Wednesday.
The scenarios mentioned for the hardening range from a strengthening of the curfew currently in force for two thirds of French people from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. to a total re-containment, which would be less strict, however, than that experienced by France for two months in the spring.
Italy, Spain, Czech Republic as an example
“You have to expect tough decisions“, the Minister of the Interior Gerald Darmanin warned on Tuesday, referring to the new measures planned in Italy, Spain or the Czech Republic. In this case, the question will arise of the reopening of schools on November 2 after the holidays of All Saints’ Day.
The circulation of the virus is “out of control”, estimated the infectious disease specialist Gilles Pialoux, on the television channel BFM-TV, calling for “to re-define the country”.
On Monday, the President of the Scientific Council, Jean-François Delfraissy, had prepared the ground, describing the French situation as “critical” and saying he feared that the second wave was “stronger than the first”.
The number of confirmed cases increased by 26,771 in 24 hours, according to figures from Public Health France on Monday. The day before, France had broken a new record with more than 50,000 confirmed cases in one day. The number of intensive care patients also continues to climb, increasing pressure on hospitals. Their number stood at 2,761 on Monday, for 5,800 beds available throughout France.
This country is de facto already in semi-confinement with the night curfew which concerns 46 million French people. Employers’ organizations have warned of a risk of economic collapse. “If we completely reconfine as in March, we are heading for a collapse of the French economy, we risk not recovering,” warned the president of Medef, Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux.
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