the government announces new measures against Covid-19

Emmanuel Macron must face two intertwined challenges in this summer dominated by the Covid-19 epidemic: the fight against the virus and that against skepticism. On the one hand, the highly contagious Delta variant offers no respite for the executive. With more than 22,000 new daily cases on average in recent days, the number of contaminations is on “A very high plateau”, “Slightly ascending”, “Which does not seem, for the moment, not to bend”, as the government spokesman, Gabriel Attal noted, Wednesday August 11, at the end of a health defense council meeting by videoconference.

This strong viral circulation results in an increase in hospital pressure, since more than 1,700 patients now occupy the intensive care units, for a total of more than 9,200 hospitalizations. “A level that we had not reached since June”, noted the Head of State during the defense council in which he participated from Fort Brégançon and whose preamble was broadcast live.

At the same time, the tenant of the Elysee sees swelling, week after week, the mobilization against the health pass, which brought together, Saturday, August 7, nearly 237,000 people across the country. If support for these demonstrations remains in the minority in public opinion – in the order of 35% to 40% according to various polls – the executive would not want this background noise to slow down the “Great national cause” at the moment, to use the expression of the Prime Minister, Jean Castex: vaccination. The head of government expressed concern, during a trip to Carcassonne on Wednesday, of a French company “Tired” and “Incandescent”, after more than a year of health crisis, noting a “Lower acceptability” measures to deal with it. A crucial subject in this marathon in the fight against Covid-19.

Explosion of the epidemic in the West Indies

According to the executive, the doubts expressed on the vaccine, in fact, represent the main cause of the explosion of the epidemic in recent days overseas, particularly in the West Indies; the situation is there “Dramatic”, warned Emmanuel Macron. In Guadeloupe, where the incidence rate exceeds 1,700 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, the government has decreed a new confinement, as in Martinique. “Never, on French territory, had we reached such levels of incidence”, alarmed Gabriel Attal. The hospitals on the spot are saturated: 231 caregivers and 70 firefighters have been dispatched to reinforce them from the metropolis.

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