Offbeat France shrugs off the Covid

21:35  22 january  2021
21:35  22 january  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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As France braced to raise its coronavirus alert level warning to 3 and President Emmanuel Macron warned the public late Thursday that an epidemic was But many French citizens don’t seem to be unduly worried. Parisians in the northeast of the city shrugged off fears of coronavirus on Thursday

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Dès dimanche 24 janvier, toute personne venant d’un autre pays européen devra présenter un test PCR négatif. variants © Archives Franck Dubray, Ouest-France As of Sunday, January 24, anyone coming from another European country will have to present a negative PCR test.

Anyone (or almost) arriving in France must present a negative PCR test. A new precaution, which did not prevent the birth of an epidemic focus near Chamonix ...

Faced with the pressing threat of variants (English and South African) of the coronavirus, and to try to delay entry into a new containment , France has decided to monitor its front doors, aligning itself with most of its neighbors.

At the end of the European summit on Thursday, January 21, the Élysée announced that from Sunday any person from another European country will have to present a negative PCR test, dated less than seventy-two hours , upon arrival in France (except frontier workers and land transport). Until now, this constraint was only imposed on nationals of countries outside the European Union.

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A further lockdown in France "would probably become an absolute necessity" if the circulation of the English coronavirus variant increases "significantly", Health Minister Olivier Véran warned on Thursday.

For travel by plane and ferry

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The objective of France and the other European states is to restrict movement within the Union. "Non-essential travel should be discouraged", urges Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission . A position shared by the Secretary of State for Tourism, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, who invites the French "to be careful about their travel and reservations for the February holidays".

Fourteen positive cases

The fact remains that this negative PCR test, imposed by France, is far from being an immunity passport. As proof, this source of contamination which has just appeared in the heart of the village of Vallorcine (400 souls), in the valley of Chamonix .

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The head of France 's public health agency, Jérôme Salomon, said authorities were anticipating a second wave of Covid -19 cases "this autumn or this winter", depending on a seasonal impact that remains uncertain. "What we have to understand is that the epidemic's resurgence will basically

Twenty-six British students, aged 18 to 20, managed to escape confinement in their country to come and ski in Haute-Savoie. Initially, it was in Switzerland that they were to go. But banned from staying by the Helvetians, they retreated to France, arriving by plane, by road, by train (between Lille and Lyon) and by bus, between January 13 and 17.

Despite testing negative last week, fourteen of them tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday, January 19. “We are awaiting further results. Three samples were sent to Lyon for sequencing, in order to determine which strain of the virus it is ", indicates ARS Auvergne Rhône-Alpes

In Vallorcine , it is incomprehension and anger. On Facebook, the town hall issued the alert, urging those who have been in contact with the British to make themselves known as soon as possible. The same concerns in Chamonix, 16 kilometers away, where the group of students also visited. Contact tracing is in progress. It’s going to be long and difficult.

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© PATRICK T. FALLON / AFP An Air France check-in counter at Los Angeles airport, in the United States, January 25, 2021. The tightening of the measures announced on Friday evening by Jean Castex also concerns travelers . Any entry into France and any exit from the territory to or from a country outside the European Union will be prohibited, unless there is an overriding reason, from Sunday, January 31, midnight.

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