World Coronavirus: Castex announces that 20 departments are under "enhanced surveillance"
CDC Takes Step to Ramp Up Tracking COVID-19 Variants via Genome Tests
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investing $200 million in a new genome-sequencing pilot program to ramp up surveillance of COVID-19 variants, the administration announced Wednesday. The initiative will be run out of and overseen by the federal agency, but will rely on partnerships from other academic and scientific institutions, officials said. National Testing Coordinator Carol Johnson said the program will attempt to scale the agency’s existing sequencing from 7,000 samples per week to about 25,000 a week, stressing the $200 million would kickstart a “pilot” program but was not enough to support sequencing efforts long term.
During his press conference,announced that 20 departments are on "maximum vigilance" due to the significant circulation of the . This vigilance concerns "the whole Ile-de-France, a large part of Hauts-de-France and Provence-Alpes-Côte-D'azur, but also the departments of Rhône and Drôme, Moselle and Meurthe-et-Moselle, and finally Eure-et-Loir ". All these territories "accumulate unfavorable indicators", recalls the head of government.
Coronavirus: Jean Castex could announce new restrictions today at 6 p.m.
On Wednesday, the government kept reminding people that the epidemic situation "is very worrying" © AGENCE-POOL / SIPA / SIPA The Prime Minister Jean Castex, in Bordeaux on February 19, 2021. SANITARY MEASURES - On Wednesday, the government kept recalling that the epidemic situation "is very worrying" The government's message this week is clear: the situation on the front lines of spread of the coronavirus is not good.
Namely, "a high level of incidence, around 250 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, a proportion of greater than 50%, hospital pressure close to the critical threshold and, finally, viral circulation which begins to seriously accelerate . "
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These 20 departments are thus placed in "reinforced surveillance" , and the prefects must soon initiate consultations with local elected officials in order in particular to consider "in all or part of these territories, braking measures similar to those put in place in Nice and Dunkirk." In this case a strict confinement on weekends which is added to the curfew at 6 p.m. on weekdays. Another epidemic point will be made "next week", and in the event of a deterioration of the situation, "we will take reinforced measures which will come into force from the weekend of March 6".
The Prime Minister also responded to elected officials from territories little affected by the epidemic,, by confirming that an easing of restrictions was not on the agenda.
DIRECT. Covid-19: Gabriel Attal asks the French to "continue to hold on" .
© LUDOVIC MARIN / AFP Government spokesman Gabriel Attal during a press briefing in February. The government spokesman, Gabriel Attal, estimated this morning that the French were ready to respect the barrier gestures and other rules related to the curfew, "but we cannot alleviate the constraints today". Emmanuel Macron will meet with Jean Castex and several ministers tomorrow to study future scenarios of territorialized confinements or continuation of the curfew.