Lockdown in France: We should have done better

for France in the face of dramatically rising infection numbers on the emergency brake and closes from the Easter weekend to all schools, kindergartens and crèc

Lockdown in France: We should have done better

for France in the face of dramatically rising infection numbers on the emergency brake and closes from the Easter weekend to all schools, kindergartens and crèches for three weeks. In the weekly average of more than 35,000 people in France every day. "The epidemic is accelerating," warned President Emmanuel Macron in a televised address on Wednesday evening. It does not apply now to panic, but to take the necessary measures.

Michaela Wiegel

Political correspondent, based in Paris.

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The previous restrictions, such as the evening curfew and business closures would not be enough to stop the spread of the British virus mutant to stop. 80 percent of the infections go back to the British mutant.

The President appealed to the French people to mobilise in the face of the third wave: "The month of April will be crucial."

From Saturday to not be extended the closures of all important transactions of life to the entire country. Previously, these restrictions were considered only in the 19 most affected departments in the capital region, in the North of France and the Côte d'azur. In the future a strict travel ban is in place across the country, everyone is allowed to move during the day, only in a ten mile radius of his apartment for free. The hated output the certificates, many of the French made the first Lockdown, life is difficult, are not to be re-introduced, such as the President stressed. He had decided to trust the citizens. The security forces would only control, to prevent gatherings in public spaces, and excessive alcohol consumption.

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Macron log in repeated that the new restrictions are associated with increased vaccination campaign. "Until the summer, all the French people will have been vaccinated over the age of 18 years, this is your choice," he promised. If the country in view of the new sacrifices, "unity and solidarity", "we will soon see a the end of the tunnel".

Between mid-may and the summer will come to a gradual Opening, promised the head of state. He admitted, "we could have done better, we have committed errors. This is true.“ At the same time, he threw an optimistic look into the future and described the pandemic as a learning process for the entire Nation. "We will hold out," he said.

the teacher and the security forces should preferably be vaccinated. According to a recent survey by the television station BFM-TV, 54 percent of respondents are in favour of a strict nationwide Lockdown. Macron had mastered a stricter Lockdown long, and argues that France is going to happen in the third wave a "third way". But in particular, the tense situation in the hospitals in Paris, has moved him to rethink. The incidence of value in the capital is increased within a few days, 635 (per 100,000 inhabitants).

Updated Date: 01 April 2021, 05:19

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