French Prime Minister Jean Castex did not exclude the return to confinement in some regions to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus in the country, which has a “strong second wave”, said this Monday in an interview with FranceInfo radio.
“General confinement must be avoided by all means. It is possible if we all act in that direction, ”said the head of the Government. Castex considered, regarding possible localized confinements, that “nothing should be excluded when one sees the situation in hospitals” and at a time when the country has already registered 32,730 deaths diagnosed with covid-19, in almost 735 thousand cases.
In the spring, France experienced a general confinement of almost two months to contain the first wave of the covid-19 pandemic. Numerous cities, such as Paris, Marseille, Lyon or Lille, are currently on “high alert” in face of the spread of the coronavirus, which forced the closure of bars and stricter rules in restaurants. Two more major cities, Toulouse and Montpellier (in the south), will be placed on Tuesday on “high alert”.
The maximum alert level is reached when the incidence rate exceeds 250 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last seven days, when the 100 over 65 years of age pass and if 30% of resuscitation beds are occupied with covid-19 patients .
“We are in a strong second wave”, said Jean Castex, appealing “in an extremely clear way” to the mobilization of all to face it. “There can be no more relaxation,” he said, considering that the French, especially during the summer holidays, “thought a little too quickly that the virus was gone.”
This Wednesday, during the weekly defense council meeting, the Executive is expected to examine “local epidemiological data” to see if there is “a need to go further,” said the prime minister. French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to speak to the French on Wednesday night if new measures are implemented.
The covid-19 pandemic, transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December in China, has already caused more than one million and seventy-four thousand deaths and more than 37.2 million cases of infection worldwide, according to one balance sheet of the France Presse agency.