“Additional measures to slow down” the epidemic will be put in place in Dunkirk after consultation with elected officials, Matignon announced to AFP on Tuesday after an interview in the morning between Jean Castex and the mayor of the city Patrice Vergriete.
The Prime Minister, who noted the “sharp deterioration of health indicators in recent hours,” asks that the local consultation work of elected officials and public authorities of the territory make it possible to define the response best suited to the situation “, indicated Matignon.
On Monday, the mayor of Dunkirk had requested an interview with Mr. Castex to “urgently examine” the situation in his city, where the Covid-19 epidemic is soaring with an incidence rate of 901 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the agglomeration.
The Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, exchanged Monday evening with Mr. Vergriete and his services confirmed that he would go there on Wednesday.
The coronavirus epidemic is currently experiencing a resurgence in certain parts of the country which is leading the State to territorialize its measures.
On Monday, unprecedented confinement for the next two weekends was ordered in Nice and in 63 municipalities on the coast of the Alpes-Maritimes. The prefecture of this department has also requested the closure for 15 days, from this Tuesday, of businesses of more than 5,000 m2, excluding pharmacies and food shops. And the gauge is raised to 15 m2 per person for businesses over 400 m2.
The incidence rate of the Nice metropolis is however lower than that of the urban community of Dunkirk, with 700 positive cases per 100,000 inhabitants, against 588 for the Alpes-Maritime and 190 for the national average.