The inhabitants of the Alpes-Maritimes are in doubt. They will be fixed on their fate on Monday, the authorities having to announce new measures. A possible weekend containment is on the table to fight against Covid-19 in this most affected department in France.
New turn of the screw in the Alpes-Maritimes. The inhabitants of the department will be fixed on their fate, Monday February 22, the day when the authorities must announce new restrictive measures to fight against Covid-19.
“If it is necessary, it must be done”, reacts in Nice Pierre Mondoloni, 78 years, anticipating a possible reconfinement the weekend in his city on the edge of the Mediterranean. “It means that for a few days people will not go out, well, too bad”, continues, resigned, the pensioner
Curfew, partial or total containment
After two days of waiting, since the visit to Nice on Saturday by Minister of Health Olivier Véran, the suspense should end at 12 noon, with a press conference by the prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes, Bernard Gonzalez, for “an update on the evolution of the health situation “in the department. Proposals for measures for the department were sent to the government on Sunday after consultation with elected officials.
The epidemic situation in the Alpes-Maritimes and particularly in Nice alerts us. I announced the strengthening of virus tracing in the department and an increase in vaccine supplies to protect its most vulnerable inhabitants.
– Olivier Véran (@olivierveran) February 20, 2021
According to Alexandra Valetta-Ardisson, LREM member of the Alpes-Maritimes, elected officials have proposed several avenues, including “targeted confinement on weekends and only on (…) the coast” and “the ban on entry into the department, except compelling reason “.
In Nice on Saturday, Olivier Véran had raised the possibility “of an accentuation of the curfew, even of a partial or total confinement”.
“As soon as possible”
The incidence rate is particularly high in the Nice metropolitan area, with more than 700 positive cases per 100,000 inhabitants, more than three times the national average (190), while around 10% of screening tests are positive ( against 6% for the whole of France), in a context of the spread of the British variant, which is more contagious.
The LR mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, who has been stepping up initiatives and speaking out since the start of the health crisis, leans for confinement on weekends, an option that would discourage tourists who would have wanted to book a stay in Nice, as well as “those who take risks by gathering at 10, 15 or 20 on weekends”.
A finding shared by LR president of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, Renaud Muselier, who pleaded for decisions concerning the weekend to be made “on the coast and as quickly as possible”.
“You have to tighten the screw”
He mentioned “worrying” figures: in intensive care, there are “only 14 free places, including 8 outside Covid, 6 for the Covid. (…) There is no more room either in Cannes, nor in Antibes, and hardly in Nice, ”he told CNews.
“We have to settle this as soon as possible so as not to condemn the summer season, so we have to tighten the screws”, added the president of the region, while the holidays have just started in zone B which includes the Alps- Maritimes and continue for C.
“Stunned” by this possibility of a reconfinement of the weekend, Patricia Fantapiè, 52, says she is “demoralized”: “It is a further deprivation of our freedoms, I would be delighted if we announced more strategy, opening beds. We are going to live with this virus, we cannot live constantly locked up. It is unfair. It is a patch on a wooden leg, “lamented this commercial in the tourism sector.
Vaccination in nursing homes
At the national level, the situation also remains tense, as in the Paris region for example where the director general of the Public Assistance-Hospitals of Paris (AP-HP), Martin Hirsch, has observed for several weeks “a regular increase in the number of ‘inputs’.
Good news, however: “75% of residents in nursing homes have been vaccinated with a good acceptance rate”, the coordinator of the vaccination campaign in France, Alain Fischer, said Monday on LCI, who hopes “within a time limit can – be not too far away to see the first effects, in terms of reduction of hospitalization, and hopefully mortality “.
“By June, we will have finished vaccinating all fragile people, 17 to 20 million French people, in any case those who want,” he said.
The Minister of National Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, said for his part on Saturday that the health rules put in place in schools would be “stabilized” after the holidays.