Macron gives himself 8 to 10 days before changing (or not) the measure on the curfew

The executive is particularly monitoring the evolution of the variants of the coronavirus to make possible new decisions.

COVER – Just a little more patience. Emmanuel Macron estimates that it takes “8 to 10 days to see if we tighten or relax the health constraints” , he said this Friday, February 19  during a video conference with parliamentarians from the majority, reported to the AFP several participants. Information that the Elysee has not confirmed.

The executive is monitoring the evolution of the Covid-19 epidemic, in particular the rise of variants deemed more contagious, to see if it can avoid more stringent measures such as re-containment , still advocated by some scientists.

The Minister of Health Olivier Véran announced Thursday, February 18, the passage from seven to ten days of the isolation period for infected people, to face the risks posed by the variants. 

The progression of these variants worries in several regions, as in Moselle, around Dunkirk (North), or in Reunion, for which the government announced Friday of the means and measures of reinforced restrictions.

A stable situation

Government spokesman Gabriel Attal said on Friday February 19 “important” that the curfew at 6 pm “remains in place and continues to be respected”, because it “has made it possible to stabilize the health situation”. He did not indicate an end date for this measure.

The situation has stabilized at a still very high level, with more than 22,000 new cases confirmed in the last 24 hours and still strong pressure on hospitals (more than 25,000 hospitalized patients including more than 3,300 in intensive care).

During the exchange, the Head of State also discussed the weight of the Le Pen clan in political life. He swept away the reproaches of the oppositions, who consider that he is setting up a duel with the boss of the RN for the 2022 presidential election.

“It was not me who installed Marine Le Pen, but his constituents. She is there, and her father before her for 25 years, ”observed the Head of State, according to comments reported by parliamentary sources.

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