France has announced a nation-wide strict curfew starting from this Saturday to control the re-emergence of coronavirus cases in the country. The French Prime Minister Jean Castex has shared the plan of this new curfew on Thursday.
While talking to a press conference, he shared that this curfew in France will last for two weeks, for a start. Every shop and services centre will be closed except those which offer emergency services.
The virus is aggressively spreading in major areas of France, making this curfew much needed. As to now, the country was following an 8 pm curfew plan imposed in a few areas especially those which were badly hit by the virus. Now a stricter curfew of 6 pm is being imposed, hoping to control the spread of this deadly virus.
Castex also reported that a high increase in COVID-19 infection was reported during the year-end holidays. The only way to control the new cases to emerge is by imposing a strict curfew without any further delay. Or else, health experts suspect that the situation can go worse within days.
Right now, the COVID-19 situation in France is controlled as compared to its neighbouring countries which are still battling with the new cases, but it is still vulnerable for another surge. So having a curfew will probably help France to save people from getting infected which is still a very high chance but controllable with simple measures like a curfew.
During this period, the schools will still be open but all indoor activities including sports are under a temporary ban. The first-year students are permitted to attend the on-campus classes but with a controlled or calculated number of students per class. Most of the educational institutes are opening from January 25.
Castex advice all the travellers who are reaching France from international destinations to possess a negative COVID-19 test (PCR Test) taken is no less than 72 hours before entry. Once they reach to the country, they are requested to follow a seven day isolation period, after which their second COVID-19 test is due.
These new preventive plans are implemented after the news on a mutated COVID-19 strain is in news. It was first identified in Britain and then in South Africa. After that, it is being reported from different countries of the world, implying that this new strain is much deadlier than original coronavirus.
The country has also accelerated its vaccination program which is comparatively slower than the vaccination programs of its neighbouring countries. Castex says that vulnerable group can get access to these vaccinations soon while the government has set over 700 different vaccination centres all over the country, which will be operational within a few days.
He further told that the government plans to complete nearly one million vaccinations by the end of this month. The priority groups to receive this COVID-19 vaccine are health workers, elderly patients and high-risk groups. Once these groups are vaccinated, the general population will also get access to the vaccine soon.