An explosion rate and cases of English variants. The signals are red in Dunkirk. The twenty elected officials of the agglomeration met by videoconference this Tuesday morning to discuss “Additional measures to curb the epidemic” to establish. Prime Minister Jean Castex this morning gave the green light to specific measures after meeting with the mayor (DVG) of Dunkirk (North), Patrice Vergriete, about the local health situation, which is very degraded. The Prime Minister had asked that “the local consultation work of elected officials and public authorities in the territory makes it possible to define the response best suited to this situation“, Specified Matignon to The voice of the North.
At the end of the morning, the mayor of Dunkirk detailed a four-point strategy resulting from the consultation. In addition to the continuation of screening campaigns, the increase in vaccinations to reach the level of Nice as well as the wearing of the compulsory mask everywhere except for physical activities, the city councilors want to set up a “A huge prevention campaign around a slogan ‘zero gathering, zero regrouping’”.
It would also include “Thoroughly” teleworking and a call to postpone family events and reunions with friends to a date after March 15. “We will not oppose a re-containment but we believe that we must try everything before, justifies Patrice Vergriete. We want a last reprieve, a last chance. “ Olivier Véran will give his opinion on this proposal in the afternoon and will visit the site on Wednesday.
An incidence rate four times higher than the average
The government is now taking the outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic in the northern city seriously. The incidence rate passed the 900 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in Dunkirk at the start of the week, four times the national average. The rate of British variant detected was 72%, according to the latest figures communicated by Olivier Véran, last Thursday.
The mayor and president of the urban community of Dunkirk, Patrice Vergriete, had requested an interview with Jean Castex on Monday evening to “Examine urgently” the situation in the city, without requiring re-containment. The mayor (PS) of the neighboring town of Gravelines, Bertrand Ringot, is also not in favor of this possibility and would prefer more controls to encourage the population to better respect the curfew at 6 p.m. and to gather less.
Ten days ago, the mayors of Dunkirk began to sound the alarm bells. They asked the authorities to close middle and high schools a week before the school holidays, measures that had not been adopted by the public authorities. The incidence rate then reached 485 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. It has almost doubled since. The prefecture of the North still estimated at the beginning of the week that the measures implemented were “Adapted and proportionate to the current situation at local level”.
Is it a Nice scenario who is waiting for Dunkirk? In the Alpes-Maritimes, in addition to the reconfinement of the coastline on weekends, businesses of more than 5,000m2 excluding pharmacies and food have drawn the iron curtain as of Tuesday. And this while the incidence rate (700 per 100,000) was lower than that of the urban community of Dunkirk. But the situation is not comparable according to elected northern officials, the city and the beaches being less dense at home. The announcements to follow could therefore be different.