A guest on France 2 at 8 p.m. French health Olivier Véran said tonight that a third confinement is not part of the government’s plan at this point. Instead, starting January 2, concerned departments or metropoles will see curfew will begin from 6 p.m. instead of 8 p.m.
Currently, the Grande Est, Rhones-Alpes and Alpes-Maritimes are experiencing “preoccupying numbers” of Covid cases. Nice, in fact, has the highest infection rate in the county at the moment.
3.5 million tests, the most in Europe, were carried out last week in France. 11,395 cases were registered over the past 24 hours with an infection rate of only 2.9%.
A press conference tomorrow will provide further details about the curfew but the minister added that a decision will be made on January 1 as to whether cultural events (theaters and cinemas) and ski slopes can reopen on January 7 as expected.
When asked whether bars, cafés and restaurants will reopen on January 20, Véran replied a “decision will be made later” while pointing out that winter offers favorable conditions for the virus to spread, as many neighboring countries have discovered.
Meanwhile, EU commission president Ursula von der Leyen tweeted today: “We decided to take an additional 100 million doses of the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine, which is already being used to vaccinate people across the EU.
“We will therefore have 300 million doses of this vaccine, which was assessed as safe and effective.
“More vaccines will follow!”