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A “preventive national re-containment” before Christmas? This French Minister of Health responds …

“What will happen at the end of October (date of the All Saints’ Day holidays, editor’s note) depends on what we will do in the coming days and weeks”, declared the minister, interviewed Sunday in Le Grand Jury RTL -Le Figaro-LCI.

“If the circulation of the virus increases and it is not slowed down, if we do not put all the necessary means to slow down its circulation, well this endangers our health system and the French themselves”, a- he added.

Regarding the proposal of the two Nobel Prize winners in economics, Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, to establish national confinement on the first 20 days of December to allow the French to reunite with their families during the holidays, Olivier Véran believes that this scenario is ” of the order of prediction ”.

“We do not want to completely stop the economic, social, cultural, sporting, family life of the French. This is why we take decisions which are adapted to the gravity of the moment ”and which are“ territorialized ”, he defended.

Thus, since this week, the Aix-Marseille metropolis and Guadeloupe have been placed in the maximum alert zone, a classification which is accompanied by very restrictive measures (including the total closure of bars and restaurants for two weeks). Eleven other cities, including Paris, are in a heightened alert zone, again with restrictive measures but less than in the “maximum” zone.

Olivier Véran also urged healthcare workers to “protect themselves and their patients” by being vaccinated against the flu from October 13, the date of the start of the vaccination campaign. It is useless to be vaccinated before the start of the campaign, on pain of loss of effectiveness, he warned.

In the southern hemisphere, the flu epidemic has spread this year later than usual. In general, “she arrives in France on December 20” but “she could arrive a little later (this winter), perhaps in January”, further specified the minister.

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