US News Covid-19: the borders, the scene of the battle against the variants

13:27  02 february  2021
13:27  02 february  2021 Source:   fr.euronews.com

Coronavirus: a decisive week to decide whether or not to re-containment

 Coronavirus: a decisive week to decide whether or not to re-containment © AFP The executive seems to be preparing the French for a third confinement, while the epidemic situation remains at a high level in France. According to information from Europe 1, three scenarios remain on the table ahead of a decisive week and the arrival of new figures on the circulation of the virus and these variants. The coming week could be decisive as regards the possible establishment of a third confinement in France .

To stem the spread of variants of the new coronavirus, the countries of Europe have been increasing traffic restrictions for travelers in recent days. View on euronews

  Covid-19 : les frontières, théâtre de la bataille contre les variants © Francois Mori / Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved

The battle against variants continues across Europe. In the United Kingdom, one of the most bereaved countries, and already confronted with its "own" variant, the authorities are doing everything to prevent the spread of the so-called "South African" strain. Thus, a vast screening campaign has been launched in eight areas of England where cases of this variant have been detected. What worries health officials is that out of 105 cases identified, 11 do not seem to have any connection with a trip abroad. Therefore, everyone must be screened.

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 © Copyright 2021, L'Obs Should the French prepare for a third confinement to cope with the circulation on the territory of coronavirus variants? "If that does not decrease and if the variants start to spread everywhere", the government "will take additional measures", indicated the Minister of Health Olivier Véran in the "Sunday newspaper" of January 24. “And that's called containment. The next decisive meeting: a health defense council chaired by Emmanuel Macron on January 27.

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The European offensive against variants crosses borders. Ambassadors of European Union countries yesterday approved new restrictions for travelers from countries outside the EU, including the presentation of a negative PCR test. Brussels recommends using forced quarantine only exceptionally.

Control and prevent on its territory, but also help and support neighboring countries in difficulty, such as Portugal , which is facing a wave of extreme virulence. Germany will therefore send tomorrow a medical team, 50 breathing apparatuses, 150 infusion apparatuses and 150 medical beds.

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Again, the authorities have decided to severely restrict travel. The border with Spain is almost closed. Only the transport of goods and travel for health reasons are authorized.

Covid-19: variants still cause more concern in France .
© AP - Thomas Samson The French Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, February 8, 2021 in Melun. As France prepares to pass the 80,000 death mark from Covid-19, the spread of the British and South African variants of the virus is raising a climate of fear for the coming weeks. But Olivier Véran, the Minister of Health, still excludes a re-containment for the moment, while maintaining a "very important state of vigilance".

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