Tuesday, November 28

France plans new emergency measures in the face of the multiplication of Covid infections

The French government This Monday urgently analyzes new options against the explosion of new cases of covid, due to the high contagion of the omicron variant.

One Extraordinary Council of Ministers plans to pass the bill that will make the only way to get a health pass is with a complete vaccination schedule, without the possibility of performing tests on a regular basis.

The legislative calendar has been advanced due to the advancement of omicron, and the National Assembly will begin to debate the text this Wednesday with a view to a possible approval in mid-January. The objective is to convince those who are irreducible to the vaccine through facts: slightly less than 10% of the eligible population refuse to be inoculated.

In addition, a Defense Council will also study possible new measures today to approve immediately in order to contain this new fifth wave of the pandemic.

The two meetings, during the afternoon today, arrive with the country suffering new daily records of infections, and the 100,000 daily barrier was exceeded on Saturday (104,611).

On Sunday 27,700 infections were counted, but since it is a weekend and a holiday, many laboratories and pharmacies They were closed, so there is a new explosion of cases from today.

Experts predict that the 200,000 infections daily by mid-January.

The national incidence rate was 712 per 100,000 inhabitants in a week, also a new record, but in the Paris region it is shot at 1,346.

However, the Executive does not plan to adopt drastic decisions, because the hospital situation It is not serious thanks to the fact that omicron generally causes mild pictures.

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The proximity of the presidential elections in April, for which there are less than four months, Nor would it be alien to this plan not to take harsh measures for now, advances the public broadcaster France Info.

Thus, it is not foreseen that there will be a curfew for the night of December 31 and neither delay going back to school after the Christmas holidays, scheduled for January 3, a measure requested by health experts and some figures from the political opposition.

Yes, the mandatory use of masks outside could be approved in the center of the big cities.

And there seems to be quite a consensus in reducing the period of quarantine 10 to 7 days for those who have been in contact with a positive case but have a full vaccination, with the aim that the avalanche of medical losses has the least possible impact on the functioning of the economy and public services.

The Executive also has to study the latest recommendations of the High Health Authority, which include the possibility that the third booster dose of the vaccine can be inoculated three months after the previous one (initially there were six, now there are five). It was scheduled to be four months from January 3, but the Ministry of Health will advance it to today.

Another recommendation from the experts is to inject the third dose to adolescents of between 12 and 17 years old with health problems that make them more vulnerable to the virus.


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