A much more contagious version of the coronavirus than ever before is detected in one percent of positive PCR tests in France, from which experts conclude that in six weeks, up to half of the infections will be caused by this mutant.
“We register dozens of cases a day (from the British variant), the rate could be around one per cent,” said Jean-Francois Delfraissy, chairman of the scientific council alongside the government, on France Info news radio on Wednesday, a day before Prime Minister Jean Castex’s weekly press conference. announces further tightening.
“It’s very disturbing this British variant, the faster we make decisions, the more effective they will be. If we don’t decide on measures very quickly, the British variant will spread. Anyway, it will definitely spread. It’s not a matter of preventing it, but of slowing it down.”
added the chairman of the Scientific Council, who said that “three more difficult months await us” and that a clear improvement can only be expected after the summer.
According to epidemiological expert Pascal Crépey, it is very important to slow down the spread of the British variant now, because the situation in Great Britain suggests that if the more contagious mutant currently causes one percent of infections, it could be 50% in just six weeks. it will be very difficult to control the epidemic.
According to press reports, it is most likely that on Thursday the prime minister will announce:
a curfew will begin all over the country two hours early, at 6 p.m.
The extended curfew came into force in early January in ten eastern counties of the country, and another ten in the southeastern part of the country this week, currently affecting 25 percent of the country’s territory. In these regions, the number of infected people per 100,000 inhabitants has again exceeded the maximum alert threshold of 250, while the national average is currently only 150.
The possibility of general quarantine – the third since the outbreak – is not ruled out in the near future, and a survey suggests that 83 per cent of French people expect this in the coming weeks, although the prime minister said on Monday that a night curfew is enough for now.
A majority, 52 percent, said a full closure would be the right solution to curb the epidemic again, and 47 percent said a night curfew would suffice, according to a poll by Elabe polling agency BFM on Wednesday.
According to the Ministry of Health on Wednesday night, thanks to the accelerated vaccination campaign, 247,000 people have been vaccinated against the coronavirus so far, while 23,852 new infections have been reported in the past 24 hours.
The number of cases per day has been rising at a slow pace for a week, ranging from 18 to 20,000 in recent days, but the number of hospitalized patients remains stagnant at 25,000. Of these, 2,700 are in the intensive care unit.
The death toll ranged from 150 to 380 a day last week, from 232 in the last 24 hours, to 69,031 since the start of the epidemic.
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