US News Covid-19: Paris and the inner suburbs could go on maximum alert “from Monday”

01:25  02 october  2020
01:25  02 october  2020 Source:   leparisien.fr

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French authorities could place Paris under maximum Covid alert from Monday , the Olivier Véran said infection rates in the capital and its suburbs are rising and a decision on According to Mr Véran, more than 30% of beds in Paris 's intensive care units have been filled with Covid - 19 patients.

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The capital will have to wait another three days to know whether or not it is affected by new health restrictions. During his long-awaited weekly press conference, on the resumption of force of the coronavirus epidemic, the Minister of Health announced on Thursday that Paris and the inner suburbs were in the hot seat, facing the specter of new measures , in particular by the total closure of bars and restaurants.

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Three indicators (incidence rate in the population, incidence rate in vulnerable people, resuscitation) worry the authorities and have just been crossed, but these data have yet to be reached be closely scrutinized by Sunday, before a decision is made, explained Olivier Véran.

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Difficult to dissociate Paris and the inner suburbs

"If this were to be confirmed, we will have no other choice but to place Paris and the inner suburbs in the maximum alert zone, starting on Monday," he said. he insisted, adding that he will re-examine "the data on Sunday" and then take "from Monday the necessary decisions".

VIDEO. Paris will know on Sunday if it passes into "maximum alert zone"

If the departments of the inner suburbs are also targeted, and not only the capital, which concentrates most of the health concerns, it is that "the movements of populations between these departments are such that they follow the evolution of the epidemic ”, according to the minister. He indicates that it is difficult to "dissociate the measures in these alert zones", while many Parisians work in Île de France and many Ile-de-France residents in the capital.

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"Social interactions will have to be reduced"

If the maximum alert zone stage is exceeded, it is projected: "Social interactions will have to be reduced", that is to say "No more family celebrations, more evenings and the total closure of bars. "Other areas are also in the sights of the health authorities: the minister noted a" deterioration "of the situation in" five metropolises, Lille, Lyon, Grenoble, Toulouse and Saint-Etienne ", where" the evolution of the last days remains very worrying ”.

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"If the measures (of restrictions already taken) do not produce enough effect, we could be led to place them in the alert zone maximum next week ”, he outlined, adding however that“ there is no reason, to date, to switch these metropolises into a maximum alert zone ”.

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The Minister of Health has also announced that the restrictions on restaurants could be lifted, if the proposals to strengthen the health rules of restaurant unions, soon presented to the executive, s proved to be satisfactory.

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“Freedom for the bistros! »

Demonstration underway by restaurateurs to protest against the closure measures linked to # COVID19 pic.twitter.com/HJNM3cCpv6

- Clément Lanot (@ClementLanot) October 1, 2020

This Thursday evening, restaurateurs and tenants fearing the passage of Paris in maximum alert marched in the capital under the slogan of “Freedom for the bistros”, in order to castigate the possible closings of bars and restaurants, which could occur Monday.

VIDEO. "No differentiated treatment" between Paris and Marseille, assures Véran

He also mentioned an improvement in the face of the virus in certain cities - "Bordeaux, Nice and even Marseille - where" we are beginning to see a thrill, a beginning of 'improved in terms of health, certainly timid ”. "Even if, insisted Olivier Véran, I say it right away, the levels of circulation of the virus remain very high, too high, and that the health risks and hospital overload are still far too great". "It is an encouragement to continue, it is an encouragement to hold," he added.

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© Reuters The Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, announced on Thursday the passage into new alert zones of several French cities, due to the deterioration of indicators related to the Covid-19 epidemic. Lille, Lyon, Grenoble and Saint-Etienne join Paris, Aix-Marseille and Guadeloupe in the upper level. "The health situation continues, unfortunately, to deteriorate in France", said Thursday evening Olivier Véran, on the occasion of his weekly press conference.

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