The French government will impose a day-to-day nationwide curfew at 6:00 pm beginning Saturday to combat the spread of Covid-19, Prime Minister Jean Castex stated on Thursday.
The step will remain in force for a minimum of 2 weeks, Castex told a press conference.
Other than for emergency situation services, all services and stores will have to close at that time, he said.
” The infection is still spreading out actively,” Castex said.
Up to now, the majority of France has actually been under an 8:00 pm curfew, with some parts of the country, specifically in the hard-hit east, currently under the stricter 6:00 pm curfew that Castex said had led to an infection rate two or three times lower than in the remainder of the country.
Castex stated a much-feared infection surge following the year-end vacations had actually not occurred “thanks to your behaviour,” but stated a new lockdown might be enforced “without hold-up” if the health scenario were to deteriorate terribly.
The circumstance in France is “under control compared to neighbouring countries but still delicate,” he warned, with pressure on healthcare facilities still “high but stable.”
Schools will remain open, however indoor sports activities have once again been banned in the meantime.
The health situation in France is ‘under control however vulnerable’ AFP/ Jean-Christophe VERHAEGEN
First-year college student will be authorised to return to their courses on-site, but with minimized numbers of participants, from January 25.
Castex also stated that visitors arriving in France from non-European Union destinations would need to present a negative PCR Covid test less than 72 hours old, and would have to self-isolate for 7 days. They would then need to take a second PCR test.
The brand-new steps were partly inspired by fears that brand-new mutant versions of the virus, initially discovered in Britain and South Africa, would become a dominant spread factor, Castex stated.
For now, the brand-new pressures represent 1 to 1.5 percent of new contaminations.
To accelerate a vaccination drive that critics have knocked as too sluggish compared to France’s European neighbours, Castex stated individuals with illnesses making them particularly susceptible to Covid will have access to vaccinations starting Monday, when “more than 700″ vaccination centres would be functional.
He included that over one million people will have been vaccinated by the end of January, in line with targets announced in late December.
Castex likewise safeguarded the decision to prioritise vaccines for the senior and health employees, instead of trying to vaccinate as much of the basic population as soon as possible.
” The quicker we can vaccinate the most vulnerable, the quicker our health centers will be spared the danger of being overwhelmed,” he said.