The Prime Minister said Tuesday that “the time has come” to take new measures in the capital region, so far spared despite its worrying health situation.
Ile-de-France should soon no longer pass between the drops. Faced with the worsening of the epidemic situation in the capital region, Jean Castex assured, Tuesday March 16, that “the time has come to consider new provisions” . “We are in a worrying and critical situation and, very clearly, measures of the type that have been used in other parts of the territory are on the table tonight” , he added on BFM TV , in reference to the confinements put in place at weekends in the agglomerations of Nice, Dunkirk and in Pas-de-Calais.
A “precarious” balance
“Undoubtedly, we are on an extremely precarious point of balance” , insisted Jean Castex, while noting that the “decision” of a reconfinement was not yet formally taken. A Defense Council is convened Wednesday at the Elysee and could take new measures for Ile-de-France. The circulation of the virus, marked by the spread of the English variant, more contagious, is not slowing down in the Paris region, the most populous in the country (12 million inhabitants).
The incidence rate again climbed to 418 new cases of contamination per 100,000 inhabitants over the last seven days in the region, well above the so-called “maximum alert” threshold of the health authorities (250) which has him been surpassed nationally. While the capacities of the intensive care units have been saturated for several weeks in the Hauts-de-France and Provence Alpes-Côte d’Azur regions, the number of patients in these critical care services has exceeded the peak of the 2nd wave of the year. fall in Ile-de-France, at 1,177 Tuesday, out of 4,239 Covid-19 patients throughout France.