To date, only the southwestern department has exceeded the threshold of 200 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, from which measures can be taken by the prefects to curb the epidemic.
Bad omen for the rest of France? Marking the worst rate in the country, with an incidence rising from 41 to 289 in one week, the Eastern Pyrenees have reinstated the mandatory mask outdoors throughout the department. Except at the beach and in large natural spaces, residents and tourists must now, until at least August 2, cover their faces outside of their homes. Faced with a 400% increase in cases in one week due to the Delta variant, the prefect also imposed the closure of cafes, restaurants, beach establishments and night grocery stores from 11 p.m. In the very touristic and border department of Spain, alcohol consumption is again prohibited in public spaces. A taste of curfew? If the department is the first to restore such measures since the massive deconfinement of the country, the indicators are not looking good in the rest of France.
Macron had announced it last Monday: in the departments “who would exceed an incidence rate of 200 and would see their hospitalization increase“,”braking measures can be taken by our prefects“. In mainland France, the Pyrénées-Orientales are the only ones to have reached this threshold, but eight other departments have so far exceeded the 100 mark. These are Hérault (140), Alpes-Maritimes (134), Haute-Garonne (121), Paris (114), Ariège (114), Bouches-du-Rhône (110), Charente-Maritime (109) and Aude (108). Among these departments, the occupancy rate of intensive care beds remains relatively low. Only Ariège exceeds 15% hospital pressure.
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Braking measures in Martinique and in certain areas of Haute-Corse
Elsewhere, Martinique (484) and Haute-Corse (252) have also already exceeded the threshold to restore braking measures. In the first, the curfew was introduced at 9 p.m. on the whole island, while the second, where tourists have been flocking since the beginning of summer, has since Wednesday found in Balagne and Saint-Florent many restrictions. : gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited there, bars and restaurants close at 11 p.m. and are subject to a 50% gauge indoors and outdoors. In addition, it is prohibited to broadcast music indoors or to consume while standing.
Two overseas departments are also dangerously close to the threshold decreed by the Head of State, exceeding 150 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. These are Guyana (176) and Reunion (160). In the latter, travel was prohibited between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Local measures in some towns
In some regions, measures are being taken city by city to locally contain the spread of the Delta variant. This is the case in Meurthe-et-Moselle. Despite a relatively low incidence rate (36), the prefect restored, as of Wednesday, the wearing of the compulsory mask in public spaces in municipalities with more than 5,000 inhabitants where the departmental average would exceed 50 cases of Covid -19 per 100,000 inhabitants. For the moment, these are Nancy, the agglomeration of Pont-à-Mousson and Longwy.
In Pas-de-Calais, the mask is still compulsory since July 1 in certain high-traffic areas. Friday, the prefect announced its extension in certain streets of twelve municipalities on the coast.