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Faced with Covid-19, the French are not all in the same boat. While there is an emergency in Dunkirk, Breton elected officials are asking for the pressure on their constituents to be relieved.
Afterfor at least two weeks, who's next? Faced with a marked increase in the Covid-19 epidemic, several cities and departments are calling for help from the government. Urgent measures are called for to relieve the pressure on hospital services.
This is notably the case in Dunkirk (North)the Minister of Health has also decided to move as quickly as possible in the port city “A final reprieve” before confinement
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The various left mayor Patrice Vergriete proposes
“a four-point strategy” to Olivier Véran: continue the screening campaign; speed up vaccinations; make the mask compulsory everywhere; limit groupings as much as possible. For now, he rules out the hypothesis of a containment. " We want a last reprieve, a last chance" , he explains.Problem: The epidemic is spreading far beyond Dunkirk, due to a serious outbreak of the British variant. In Lille, CHU practitioners are sounding the alert.
"The emergency is in the whole of Hauts-de-France. Lille is one week behind Dunkirk. » A curfew at 8 pm?During a quick speech yesterday at noon, Emmanuel Macron estimated that this strategy
"of regionalization of measures" is, currently, "the best". Always “in consultation with local elected officials”.
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Regionalization… The word resonates in Brittany. For now, the West is still relatively safe from the pandemic. The incidence rates are still "reasonable" there: 54, 6 in Finistère, 81 in Côtes-d´Armor, 113, 3 in Morbihan, 150, 9 in Ille-et-Vilaine, at the last point of February 22. This prompts some elected officials to ask the government for "preferential treatment". Like Ronan Loas, various right-wing mayor of Ploemeur (18,000 inhabitants), near Lorient (Morbihan):
"Why not test the reopening of terraced bars and restaurants with us, with sanitary protocols? The 6 p.m. curfew is not included. The 8 p.m. one is much more comfortable. " Measures to" adapt locally "A request shared by the Costarmorican Marc Le Fur (LR vice-president of the National Assembly), and by Hervé Guihard (public square), the mayor of Saint-Brieuc.
“We are not a big metropolis. It would be good if government measures were adapted locally. "At the end of last week, the President of the Republic announced that he was giving himself eight to ten days to possibly release ballast or decide on another turn of the screw. It may be discussed this Wednesday morning, during the new defense council.
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