Prime Minister Jean Castex announced Thursday evening that Pas-de-Calais would be confined this weekend and that three new departments were under surveillance due to the epidemic level. Here’s what to remember.
“The circulation of the virus has continued to progress but at a slower rate than what we could fear,” Jean Castex said Thursday evening during his press conference. “We are not faced, at this stage, with an exponential increase in the epidemic,” he added. Nevertheless, the Prime Minister recalled that “our health establishments are still under strong pressure” and that “much more contrasting territorial situations” emerge. Here are the new measures that have been taken.
Pas-de-Calais confined, three new departments under surveillance
- The Pas-de-Calais department will be confined in its entirety on weekends, from 8 a.m. on Saturday. “The incidence is indeed increasing very rapidly”, namely “23% over the last 7 days and now exceeds the threshold of 400 per 100,000, almost twice the national average”, explained the Prime Minister by also pointing to the saturation of intensive care services, “at the top of all French departments”. “Large non-food commercial areas of more than 5,000 m2 will be closed” in the department.
- The government has also placed three new departments, Hautes-Alpes, Aisne and Aube, under enhanced surveillance due to the spread of Covid-19. They “have experienced such progress over the past week that they have crossed the threshold of 250 (positive cases) per 100,000 (inhabitants) and are therefore added to the list of 20 departments placed under enhanced surveillance”, declared the Prime Minister. . In these departments, non-food shopping centers of more than 10,000 m2 will be closed.
- The Prime Minister also wants vaccination to accelerate “significantly” in these 23 departments “from this weekend”. “We have asked for the opening of as many vaccination centers as possible,” added the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran.
Vaccinate everyone over 50 by mid-May
Jean Castex also assured that “we should have vaccinated at least 20 million people” by mid-May, that is to say all over 50 years volunteers. To speed up the movement, vaccination against Covid-19 will be authorized in pharmacies “from the week of March 15” for “people over 50 years of age and with comorbidity”.
The patients concerned will “not need a medical prescription” and will be able to go “directly to the pharmacy” to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine, the Prime Minister said, adding that people aged 50 to 74 who have not “no particular pathology” will be able to be vaccinated “from mid-April”.
Finally, Jean Castex called “solemnly” the staff of residences for the elderly to be vaccinated “very quickly” to allow the return of “a peaceful social life” in these establishments.