The concern dulls in the ranks of the executive: the Covid-19 is not dead. Only weakened. Since the launch of deconfinement in early May, Emmanuel Macron wants to forget the epidemic, concerned about “Turn the page of this moment in the life of the nation” and relaunch the reform package before the 2022 presidential election.
But the progression of the Delta variant in much of the world, including France, leaves a shadow over the optimism of the Head of State. What if a fourth wave struck at the start of the school year, as in 2020, after believing for the space of a summer to return to normal life? ” It’s a possibility “, warns a government heavyweight. The slowing down of the vaccination campaign does not clarify the outlook. “The health crisis is not over”, alerted the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, Tuesday, June 29, on the eve of the end of the gauges in shops and restaurants.
Véran: “Humility and vigilance”
For now, the consequences of the Delta variant can be read more abroad. Russia is breaking death records. The United Kingdom has delayed the last stage of its deconfinement, as have some countries in Asia. Australia, for its part, once again cloisters part of its population at home.
In France, this variant, “Very contagious”, according to the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, is gaining ground and now represents 20% of new cases diagnosed. However, it does not yet increase the number of patients. The latter has even been declining since April, with an average of less than 2,000 positive cases recorded each day. The British example, however, which saw the resumption of the epidemic despite more extensive vaccination coverage, invites “To humility and vigilance”, admitted Mr. Véran, Tuesday, on France Info.
The concern contributed to unscrew the European stock markets on Monday, as did the price of the euro, or that of the price of a barrel of oil. “There remains a health risk, warned the Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Maire on the CNews channel. The only obstacle that there is still on the way back to very strong growth in 2021 and the return to total normal at the beginning of 2022, is the risk of the variant. ” As a result, the boss of Bercy appealed to the population: “Get vaccinated! It is our collective health security that depends on it. “
One in two French people, for the time being, has received a first injection, or 33.5 million people. The government has set itself a target of reaching 40 million by the end of the summer. But the campaign is weakening dangerously, with the number of first injections trending down for several weeks.
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