Covid-19: Olivier Véran says “additional measures” could be considered in Nice by the end of the weekend
The Minister of Health Olivier Véran asked the prefect and elected officials of the Alpes-Maritimes on Saturday to take “additional measures”, such as a strengthening of the curfew or “partial or total confinement”, between now and Sunday evening, to cope with the outbreak of covid-19.
It could take the form of an increase in the curfew, or even partial or total containment.
“I ask the prefect to continue the consultation (…) with all the elected representatives of the territory so that, by the end of the weekend, we can take additional measures to protect this population of the Alpes-Maritimes in the face of to this epidemic outbreak. It could take the form of an increase in the curfew, or even partial or total confinement, ”the minister said during a visit to Nice.
LR mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, who applauded the decision to implement a curfew, said he was in favor of the idea of partial or total containment. “If we were to go to partial confinement or a little more important in the coming days depending on the evolution of the epidemic, I would support them in the same way, for example a confinement on the occasion of each week. end, ”he said.
The incidence rate is skyrocketing
In the Alpes-Maritimes, the positivity rate for detection tests is greater than 10%, against a national average of 6% and the incidence rate reached 587 per 100,000 inhabitants on Friday, according to the Regional Health Authority ( ARS). In the metropolis of Nice, this rate exceeds 700, more than three times the national average (190).
The Minister of Health has also announced additional measures, including a strengthening of checks on compliance with health instructions, “massive screening” in schools at the start of the school year with saliva tests or the sending of 3,500 additional doses of the vaccine. Pfizer / BioNTech Monday and “thousands of doses” of Astra-Zeneca. “It’s not the South African virus circulating here, it’s mostly English variant “, Detailed Olivier Véran.
In Moselle, a department which is also experiencing an outbreak of covid, Olivier Véran had also mentioned mid-February the possibility of local confinement or the closure of schools, subject to consultation with local elected officials. But for now, the prefect has simply decided to increase the checks on the application of health measures and the number of tests carried out.
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