Covid-19: Is Nice going to be re-defined?

Visiting a Nice hospital, the Minister of Health Olivier Véran indicated on Saturday February 20 that he had asked the prefect to “Continue the consultation (…) with all the elected representatives of the territory” in order to “Additional measures” which could be taken before Sunday evening. “It could take the form of an increase in the curfew, or even partial or total confinement”, he said. LR mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, who accompanied the minister, said he was in favor of such measures, variously welcomed by the inhabitants.

The incidence rate of the Covid-19 epidemic in the metropolis of Nice is particularly high: it exceeds 700 positive cases per 100,000 inhabitants, more than three times the national average (190 positive cases per 100,000 inhabitants).

Territorial decisions envisaged

With such rates, “Local containment is a hypothesis on the table”, observed Olivier Véran, stressing that the government could be led to take “More territorialized decisions” in places where “The virus circulates a lot, really a lot”.

In Moselle, a department which is also experiencing an outbreak of Covid, the Minister of Health also mentioned in 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 preferred to increase the checks on the application of health measures and the number of tests carried out.

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Overseas, local containment has been in force in Mayotte since February 5 and for at least three weeks, to cope with the appearance of the South African and British variants.

More generally, at the national level, “The trend over the last three days is not good, it is no longer good”, lamented Olivier. Véran, indicating that we had counted Friday February 19 “More than 3,000 additional cases compared to Friday of the previous week”

8 to 10 days

According to majority parliamentarians, who participated in a videoconference with the Presidency of the Republic on Friday, February 19, the Elysee is giving itself 8 to 10 days to decide whether the current constraints should be relaxed or on the contrary tightened.

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In the meantime, respect for barrier gestures remains imperative, once again hammered Olivier Véran. And this even if the very spring weather this weekend could encourage the French to multiply outdoor gatherings.

“There are people on the Promenade des Anglais who sometimes do not wear a mask, because they come to enjoy the fresh air and they may have the feeling that at the water’s edge they are not risking anything. . It’s wrong ! “, insisted the minister in Nice. “Be careful, protect yourself, everywhere! “

“No slackening despite the good weather”, also tweeted the Paris police headquarters, which announced the deployment of 4,000 civil servants “Throughout the weekend” to increase checks in the capital and its suburbs, and in particular to prevent “All gathering in green spaces”. Indeed, the “Physical activities in groups of adults” are prohibited in parks and gardens, as well as any grouping of more than six people, recalled the prefecture.

In Lyon, the prefecture even banned the consumption of alcohol on Saturday afternoon on public roads in the city center, in order to limit gatherings around drinking establishments, judged “Conducive to epidemic spread”.


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