Prime Minister Jean Castex spoke to the French on January 14, 2021 about the fight against the Covid-19 epidemic. Surrounded by several ministers, he announced the generalization of the curfew from 6 p.m. across the country.
The curfew: an effective measure according to the government
“We were able to spend the end of the year holidays without epidemic outbreaks“, welcomed the Prime Minister. But let there be no mistake: the situation in France is still worrying although stabilized. The government reports 16,000 contaminations per day with a stable pressure although significant , on hospitals. The current situation, in particular the presence of new variants of SARS-CoV-2, has therefore led the government to put in place a new measure in particular: a curfew which will apply from 6 p.m. Saturday January 16 throughout the territory. This provision will apply for at least 15 days. “It appears from the data available to date, that this measure has a health efficiency“Says Jean Castex who sees it as a graduated response to the epidemic. An opinion shared by the Scientific Council. For the moment, the government does not consider it necessary to set up a new containment.
Several hundred vaccination centers across the country
The Minister of Health, Olivier Véran mentioned the variants, fruits of “mutations that appear in the genetic makeup (of the) virus“. The British variant gives”more cases but not more severe cases“, assured the minister noting that he seemed sensitive to vaccines. As for the variant from South Africa,”we know that it is probably more contagious than the virus which traditionally circulates in France“although studies are still lacking on the symptoms it confers.
Mr. Véran also mentioned the acceleration of the vaccination campaign with the vaccination from January 18 of people at high risk and over 75 years and end of February of people over 65 years with vulnerability factors. The government expects a million people vaccinated at the end of January. To get vaccinated, the government offers to make an appointment on the site www.sante.fr or through a toll-free number (0800 009 110), both accessible from January 15 at 8 a.m. Several hundred vaccination centers across the country will boost the campaign, according to the minister. And they will allow you to make an immediate appointment for the second injection. Nearly 250,000 people have so far been vaccinated in France.