Heavily affected by the virus, especially in Nice, the department is awaiting the announcement of additional measures, which could be announced this Sunday.
Reinforced curfew or weekend confinement? The Alpes-Maritimes could be fixed this Sunday on the nature of “additional measures“Recommended for”contain the epidemicOf Covid-19, particularly virulent in this department.
The government’s decision, “imminent” according to government spokesman Gabriel Attal, should be announced this Sunday or Monday at the latest, but one hypothesis is already holding the rope, that of localized confinement at the weekend, which would be a first in metropolitan France.
The incidence rate is particularly high in the Nice metropolis, with more than 700 positive cases per 100,000 inhabitants, more than three times the national average (190), while more than 10% of screening tests are positive (against 6% for the whole of France), in a context of increased circulation of the British variant, which is more contagious.
«The epidemic is out of control” in the departement, “that means that the measures taken a few weeks ago are not enough (…) if we want to avoid the overflow of hospitals», Explained Saturday evening on BFMTV Rémi Salomon, president of the medical commission of the AP-HP.
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Discussions with local elected officials
During a meeting on Saturday evening with the prefect, the elected officials proposed five tracks, according to Alexandra Valetta-Ardisson, LREM deputy of the Alpes-Maritimes, interviewed by France Inter: “the general wearing of masks throughout the country, the strengthening of controls“, A hardening of”the gauge for shopping centers», «containment targeted at weekends and only in the urban area, namely the coast“And”prohibition of entry into the department, unless there is a compelling reason.” On the other hand, “we said that we did not want a general containment», She added.
«The decision is almost stopped. We are moving towards confinement on weekends“, Says LR MP Eric Ciotti in Nice-Matin, saying he wishesthe high country, which is less affected by the epidemic, be preserved“. The putting under cover on Saturdays and Sundays of the coastal towns, from Menton to Théoule-sur-Mer, has the favor of the LR mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, to discourage the influx of tourists. At the same time, “However, we do not deprive economic activity of turning for traders, for artisans», He argues.
However, this path is not unanimous among other mayors of the coast, who believe that the problem is above all Nice. “The Nice territory turns out to be more contaminated than the rest of the department“, Points out Jean Léonetti, LR mayor of Antibes, in Nice-Matin. This professional cardiologist rather claims “larger endowments“A vaccine,”only way to fight the pandemic“. Local containment, in force since February 5 in Mayotte, has so far been unprecedented in metropolitan France.
On a national level, “the trend over the last three days is not good“, Recognized Saturday Olivier Véran, with”more than 3,000 additional cases” Friday “compared to Friday of the previous week“. On Saturday, more than 22,300 new cases were registered, after 24,100 the day before and 21,200 the previous Saturday.