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Mandatory isolation of cases of Covid-19?  The debate requested by Emmanuel Macron promises to be agitated

The debate on compulsory isolation of Covid-19 patients has been brewing for several weeks. Tuesday, November 24, Emmanuel Macron stepped up the pace, calling on the government and Parliament to “Ensure the isolation of infected people, including in a more restrictive way”. “A real democratic debate must take place”, added the Head of State in his speech, triggering in his majority a variety of interpretations as to this future “New strategy” involving the State, mayors and associations.

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For some elected by the majority, the call of the Head of State sounds like confirmation. This is the case of Olivier Becht, president of the parliamentary group Agir ensemble, who was the first to put on the table the idea of ​​compulsory isolation. For him, this debate, “It must take place quickly if we want to break the chain of contagions and the infernal circle of confinement, deconfinement, confinement …” The deputy for Haut-Rhin tabled a bill on Wednesday aimed at making the isolation of positive people and contact cases compulsory. The text includes the obligation of “quarantine” (two weeks for positive cases, one for contacts) with a fine of 1,500 euros, double in the event of a repeat offense.

Some European countries have already embarked on this path: the penalties can go up to 600,000 euros in Spain in the event of a repeat offense or even a prison sentence in Italy. Mr. Becht also proposes to requisition hotels and tourist residences as an accommodation solution for people needing to isolate themselves. A strategy defended by the very media professor Philippe Juvin, head of the emergency department of the Parisian hospital Georges-Pompidou and mayor (Les Républicains) of La Garenne-Colombes (Hauts-de-Seine): “The French are reasonable, if we offer them hotel rooms, they will go. “

“Too big a step”

On the government side, spokesman Gabriel Attal, without predicting the measures adopted, posted two working hypotheses on Wednesday at the end of the Council of Ministers. The first one : “If we want to be able to permanently alleviate the constraints that weigh collectively on the French, we must undoubtedly strengthen the constraints on the chains of contamination to ensure that the virus does not spread. “ The second: the need to preserve medical confidentiality, “A fundamental value for our country”.

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