The Rhône, Aube and Nièvre will join from midnight Friday evening and for 4 weeks the 16 departments subject to reinforced braking measures, announced the Minister of Health Olivier Véran this Thursday, March 25 at a press conference.
“After consultation” with elected officials and prefects, “It appeared essential to increase the protection measures” for these three departments.
“There have been 45,000 diagnosed in the past 24 hours, illustrating the new wave. The trend is almost everywhere to accelerate ”, he said.
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The incidence rate in the Rhône, and in particular in Lyon, is approaching the 400 mark, to 383 per 100,000 inhabitants, and reached 329 in the Nièvre and 445 in the Aube, according to Santé Publique France on Tuesday.
These new braking measures, implemented since Saturday in 16 departments, including the entire Paris region, Hauts-de-France, part of Normandy and the Alpes-Maritimes, include the closure of certain shops and the restriction of travel. at 10 km.
“The measures decided on last week could show their first effects by this weekend at best, early next week no doubt, said Olivier Véran. As with the first two waves, it took a big week for the incidence to start to drop and two weeks to measure the impact of confinement on resuscitations and hospitalizations. “
Retired caregivers and students called on to help
” Hospital pressure, already strong, will continue to rise in the coming days ”, he also warned, recalling the rejuvenation of patients admitted to intensive care.
In Ile-de-France, where the epidemic continues to worsen, the objective is to reach 2,250 resuscitation beds for Covid-19 patients, while 1,400 are occupied by these patients. Arriving at such a figure will be complex, he admits, adding that “eBetween 35 and 40% of the activities have been deprogrammed, and in the long term, it is undoubtedly 80% of the activities which will have to be deprogrammed ”.
The minister also called “Health students and young retired health professionals” at ” lend a hand “ in the vaccination campaign, “As they had done in the hospital”.
“I also want to take my hat off to the nurses. Their mission will be amplified from tomorrow by prescribing the vaccine themselves and reaching out to the most vulnerable populations by vaccinating at home ”, he added.
While many health and education officials are calling for reinforced measures in schools, or even their closures, the minister repeated that a closure ” is a solution of last resort because it has very serious consequences ”. However, he assured that the government did not deny “That the virus can be transmitted to school, and from school to families.”
He announced that strengthened protocols were being studied with the Minister of Education Jean-Michel Blanquer.