French Prime Minister Jean Castex did not rule out Monday from carrying out reconfigurations in certain regions. This measure should make it possible to limit the spread of the coronavirus in the country which is experiencing a “strong second wave” according to him.
“General reconfinement must be avoided by all means. It is possible, if we all get down to it,” said the head of government on France Info. But Mr. Castex also judged about possible local confinements that “nothing should be excluded when we see the situation in our hospitals”.
In the spring, France experienced general confinement of almost two months to stem the first wave of the coronavirus. On Wednesday evening, French President Emmanuel Macron will speak on television, at the end of a day when the government could announce new measures.
Many cities such as Paris, Marseille, Lyon or Lille are already on “maximum alert” against the virus, including the closure of bars and a stricter health protocol in restaurants. Two new large cities, Toulouse and Montpellier (south), will also be placed on “maximum alert” on Tuesday.
The maximum alert zone is reached when the incidence rate exceeds 250 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants over the last seven days, when it exceeds 100 in those over 65 and if 30% of intensive care beds are occupied by of Covid-19 patients.
“We are in a strong second wave”, noted Jean Castex who “calls extremely clearly that we all mobilize to face this second wave (…) There can no longer be any relaxation “.
He considered that the French had, especially during the summer vacation, “considered a little too quickly that this virus had disappeared”.
A new version of the French application for tracing coronavirus patients, “StopCovid” will also be launched on October 22, after the failure of the first version. The app had only been installed 2.6 million times since June compared to 16 and 18 million for its British and German counterparts.