France: towards new measures in the face of a resurgence of the epidemic

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Less than a week after new anti-COVID measures, the French government, including a second minister was hospitalized, is considering an extension of restrictions in certain territories, pending an acceleration of vaccination.

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The Minister of Culture, Roselyne Bachelot, 74, was hospitalized after her contamination and her condition “does not cause concern”, assured those around him. Labor Minister Elisabeth Borne announced on Twitter that she was discharged from the hospital where she had been followed since Monday.

The health situation, with saturated resuscitation services in certain regions such as the Paris region, worries the medical world and the government, which is stepping up to try to contain criticism.

“Everyone sees that COVID is once again taking a kind of expansion and it is very worrying (…) We have several difficult weeks ahead of us”, agreed the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin.

To the point that the now traditional Defense Council restricted on Wednesday, before the Council of Ministers, must study possible new restrictions, such as the possibility of limiting travel abroad except for compelling professional, student or family reasons, added the minister. .

The Prime Minister, who “always seeks to avoid a third confinement”, recognizes a “situation of departments which show developments of very high incidence rate” and the fact that “naturally” the government will be “brought to make decisions complementary in other departments ”, for example regions Burgundy-France-Committee (east) or Bouches-du-Rhône (south), confides to AFP a government source.

In the meantime, part of the medical world is rumbling in the face of a saturation of resuscitation services in areas badly affected by the resurgence of the epidemic, believing that stricter containment is necessary.

“We walk on the head with measures that are completely disconnected from reality,” said Professor Gilles Pialoux, head of the infectious and tropical diseases department at Tenon hospital in Paris, denouncing the closure of the operating activity to treat of patients with COVID.

The number of COVID patients treated in intensive care in France has increased steadily in recent days, from 4,400 Sunday to 4,634 Tuesday, to approach the peak of the 2nd wave of autumn (4,900 on November 16).

Since Saturday, in 16 departments, including the entire Paris region, new shops have closed, travel is limited to 10 km, except for exceptional reasons, and the government has stepped up its calls for teleworking and not to invite friends home .

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