US News Covid-19: the curfew extended to 38 new departments and in Polynesia

21:55  22 october  2020
21:55  22 october  2020 Source:   lexpress.fr

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A total of 54 departments are now affected by night curfews, "or 46 million of our fellow citizens", according to Jean Castex.

Jean Castex à Matignon le 22 octobre 2020 © Ludovic MARIN / AFP / POOL Jean Castex in Matignon on October 22, 2020

Six days after the first curfews introduced between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., Prime Minister Jean Castex announced this Thursday the change of 38 new departments on "maximum alert" against Covid-19, with application of the same night restrictions as in the metropolitan areas of Paris, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Rouen, Grenoble, Saint-Etienne, Montpellier and Toulouse.

The curfew will come into effect from midnight Friday and "normally for a period of six weeks". It will also concern an overseas territory, Polynesia, said the head of government during a press conference, alongside the Minister of Health Olivier Véran.

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Which departments precisely?

Ain, Alpes-Maritimes, Ardèche, Ardennes, Ariège, Aube, Aveyron, Bas-Rhin, Calvados, Southern Corsica, Côte d'Or are now concerned. , Drôme, Gard, Haute-Corse, Haute-Loire, Haute-Savoie, Haute-Vienne, Hautes-Alpes, Hautes-Pyrénées, Ille-et-Vilaine, Indre-et -Loire, Jura, Loiret, Lozère, Maine-et-Loire, Marne, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Oise, Pas-de-Calais, Puy-de-Dôme, Pyrénées- Atlantiques, Pyrénées-Orientales, Saône-et-Loire, Savoie, Tarn, Tarn-et-Garonne, Var and Vaucluse, in addition to Polynesia.

Île-de-France and its eight departments, Seine-Maritime, Hérault, Haute-Garonne, Bouches-du-Rhône, Nord, Rhône, Loire and Isère, were already included in the list. "The curfew will apply from 9 pm to 6 am throughout the territory of the departments concerned", specified the head of government

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How many French people under curfew?

The Prime Minister specified that "46 million of our fellow citizens" are concerned. 60% of the French population thus finds itself in a curfew situation, approximately double the nearly twenty million French people who have already been living under this restrictive regime since last Saturday. As of this date, the police carried out "32,033 checks and pronounced 4,777 fines for non-compliance with the curfew", reported Jean Castex during his press conference.

Harder measures to come?

"We are observing a worrying progression of the epidemic everywhere in Europe. No one is spared, the situation is serious in Europe, and in France. The circulation of the virus reaches an extremely high level", warned the Prime Minister. According to him, the incidence rate, that is to say the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 inhabitants, increased by 40% in one week, to reach 251 on the national territory. And the reproduction rate of the virus induces a doubling of the number of cases every two weeks.

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 Coronavirus in Ille-Vilaine: The curfew implemented throughout the department from Friday midnight Ille-et-Vilaine is one of the 54 departments concerned by the measure © DAMIEN MEYER / AFP Illustration of the center city ​​of Rennes empty. EPIDEMIC - Ille-et-Vilaine is one of the 54 departments concerned by the measure The sentence has fallen. And it will have serious consequences for many actors. From midnight Friday, an curfew will be implemented in Rennes and throughout the department of Ille-et-Vilaine until 6 a.m.

"All age groups are affected, especially those over 65 where the number of cases has tripled in six weeks. (...) The month of November will be trying" and "the number of deaths will continue to rise. increase, "continued the Prime Minister, according to whom" clearly, the coming weeks will be hard, our hospital services will be put to the test. Today's new cases are tomorrow's hospital patients and unfortunately sometimes the dead the day after tomorrow ".

"Much tougher measures" could follow if the epidemic is not contained, also warned Jean Castex. "There is still time to avoid it but we do not have much time left," added the Prime Minister without further clarification, while several countries have decided on re-containments in the face of the resurgence of the virus.

Economic measures for the departments concerned

The economic support measures "will be extended to all departments falling under the curfew regime", announced Jean Castex. He notably mentioned the solidarity fund, social security contribution exemptions and the extension of loans guaranteed by the State.

An acceleration of the curves

In France, "the hour is serious", had already indicated before the commission of the laws of the National Assembly Olivier Véran. "The epidemic has flared in the vast majority" of the country. "With the notable exception of two regions which are still below the alert rating, that is to say the Brittany region and the New Aquitaine region, the entire country has since fallen into the alert zone" , he added, recalling that the "health consequences in terms of hospital impact and resuscitation" will be seen "in two or three weeks".

The curves are already accelerating: 26,676 new cases of Covid-19 detected in the last 24 hours, against a little more than 20,000 the day before. 284 new intensive care admissions, i.e. 2,239 people in total for a national capacity of 5,800 beds. And 166 more deaths, raising the bar of 34,000 deaths in France since the start of the global pandemic.

Virus: 46 million French people under curfew, Brussels is still tightening the screw .
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