Covid-19: should Île-de-France be confined at weekends like Pas-de-Calais and Alpes-Maritimes?

THE CHEKING PROCESS – Despite an influx of intensive care patients, the Ile-de-France region does not experience the same restrictions as these two departments. Is there a “double standard”, as some local elected officials regret?

THE QUESTION. “ The epidemic is skyrocketing. This Wednesday, the president of Île-de-France, Valérie Pécresse, sounded the alarm on the health situation in the most populous region of France. The intensive care units were treating 1034 patients there that day for “ less than 1050 »Beds available, according to the Regional Health Agency (ARS), ie almost 100% of the capacity in this area. The Director General of Health, Professor Jérôme Salomon, however declared on Tuesday that “ the reconfinement of the Île-de-France (the weekend, editor’s note) was not current “Despite a” very strong tension ” in the hospital.

This Thursday evening, during his press conference, the Minister of Health confirmed it, even if he did not rule out the tightening of health measures, but not immediately nevertheless. According to him, the epidemic curves, which are progressing, but not at a rate “ exponential “, Do not justify such a drastic measure as a weekend confinement. Dunkirk in the North, but also Pas-de-Calais and the Alpes-Maritimes, however, live under this weekend confinement regime. The LR mayor of Le Touquet, Daniel Fasquelle, denounced on March 7 a “ Two weights, two measures Between these departments and the capital region. Is this the case in terms of health?

CHECKS. To decide on the sanitary measures to be taken, the government relies particularly on an indicator which largely determines the “ hospital pressure “. This is the percentage of Covid patients in intensive care units. What do we observe in this regard?

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