Extended curfew, new app, cultural aid … What to remember from the government press conference on Covid-19



“In France as everywhere in Europe, the second wave is here.” Jean Castex announced, Thursday 22 October, the extension of the curfew to 38 new departments, as well as in Polynesia, to cope with the circulation of Covid-19 “extremely high” throughout France. In total, 46 million people are now affected by these measures. Since the introduction of the first curfews on the 17th October in eight cities and in the Ile-de-France region, “32,033 checks were carried out, for 4,777 tickets”, also specified the Prime Minister.

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Jean Castex warned that if the Covid-19 epidemic was not contained, the government should “consider much tougher measures”. He warned that “the month of November” would be “trying” and “the number of deaths” was going to “keep increasing”. Nationally, the number of people with Covid-19 over the last seven days stands at 251 per 100,000 people, “that is to say an increase of 40% in one week”, he recalled, announcing a reproduction rate of the virus around 1.35, “which, in concrete terms, means a doubling of the number of cases in 15 days”. Here is what to remember from this press conference.

Thirty-eight new departments and Polynesia subject to curfew

“This progression of the epidemic leads us to extend the curfew measures to 38 new departments and to Polynesia”, said Jean Castex. “In total, 54 departments will be subject to curfew, or 46 million citizens”, specified the Prime Minister.

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Lthe territories concerned are Ain, Hautes-Alpes, Alpes-Maritimes, Ardèche, Ardennes, Ariège, Aube, Aveyron, Bouches-du-Rhône, Calvados, Haute-Corse, Corse-du-Sud, Côte-d’Or, Drôme, Gard, Haute-Garonne, Hérault, Ille-et-Vilaine, Indre-et-Loire, Isère, Jura , Loire, Haute-Loire, Loiret, Lozère, Maine-et-Loire, Marne, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Nord, Oise, Pas-de-Calais, Puy-de -Dôme, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Hautes-Pyrénées, Pyrénées-Orientales, Bas-Rhin, Rhône, Saône-et-Loire, Savoie, Haute-Savoie, Paris, Seine-Maritime, Seine -et-Marne, Yvelines, Tarn, Tarn-et-Garonne, Var, Vaucluse, Haute-Vienne, Essonne, Hauts-de-Seine, Seine-Saint-Denis, Val- de-Marne, the Val-d’Oise. French Polynesia is added to this list.

“The curfew will apply from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. and normally for a period of six weeks”, recalled Jean Castex. These rules will come into force on the night of Friday to Saturday from midnight. As in the areas already concerned, shops, services and places open to the public will be closed after 9 p.m. You will need a certificate to leave after this time.

The occupancy rate of intensive care beds by Covid patients exceeds 44%

“It is imperative that we preserve our reception capacity in hospitals and establishments. However, the occupancy rate of our intensive care beds has exceeded the 44% mark”, alerted Jean Castex. “Four regions are particularly affected: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Ile-de-France, Paca and Hauts-de-France, where the bar of 50% of intensive care beds occupied by Covid patients has been crossed”, he added, specifying that this trend will continue in the coming weeks “given the number of new cases”.

As of Wednesday, 26,676 new cases of Covid-19 were detected in 24 hours, compared to just over 20 000 the day before. The incidence rate is notably on the rise in Clermont-Ferrand (322 per 100 000 inhabitants), Tours (237) or Nantes (194).

The new TousAntiCovid application launched

The new version of the virus tracking application, renamed TousAntiCovid, was presented by the Secretary of State for Digital, Cédric O. “Its first functions will be enhanced every two weeks”, he said, in particular with the integration of the exit certificate or restaurant registers. “TousAntiCovid is an additional barrier gesture. If you have crossed paths with an infected person and both have the application, you will be notified as soon as the person has the results of the test”, assured the Secretary of State, to encourage its download.

Thursday evening, after the report of several bugs concerning the download of the application, the general direction of health specified to France Télévisions: “There are a lot of downloads, so a queue has developed, like a little traffic jam. People have to be patient and keep downloading the app.”

115 million euros allocated to culture

85 million euros for performing arts. The safeguard fund and the compensation fund for live musical performances will be endowed with an additional 55 million euros, including 3 million for authors. The mechanisms put in place will be entrusted to the National Music Center and will be allocated to all players in the sector, private or subsidized.

An additional envelope of 20 million euros will be implemented for the theater, to support the private sector as subsidized. “At the beginning of September, the Ministry of Culture set up a specific and temporary emergency fund for solidarity with performing artists and technicians which was not included in any other device. We have doubled it to reach 10 million euros “, also declared the Minister of Culture, Roselyne Bachelot.

• 30 million euros for the cinema. With curfews, “The two evening screenings at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. can no longer take place. However, these two screenings represent half of the sales of theaters. Our goal is to ensure that cinemas do not close, that the public can continue to see films “, asserted Roselyne Bachelot.

This € 30 million envelope will result in a price supplement on each ticket in a curfew zone, paid for by the State and paid to distributors. There are also plans to strengthen support measures for distributors and exhibitors.

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