Macron advised the French to prepare for increased quarantine

French President said that the country is “undoubtedly waiting for new solutions” in the near future regarding restrictions to combat the coronavirus epidemic.

According to Le Figaro., he said this at a press conference on March 15.

“Undoubtedly, we will make new decisions in the coming days,” he said, adding that the measures will be proportional to the situation in each region.

He did not directly answer the question about the likelihood of a  in the Ile-de- metropolitan region, saying that the authorities will be guided by data on the epidemic situation in certain cities and districts.

The expectation of a new strict quarantine in Ile-de- has been “in the air” in recent days due to the growing burden on the medical system.

According to the latest data from the regional health agency, the incidence rate in Ile-de- is 365 cases per 100,000 population (in the Paris suburb of Saint-Saint-Denis, even 464), while the national average is 220.

At the same time, there are still many restrictions imposed during the autumn wave of the epidemic. In Paris, for the seventh week, a daily curfew is in effect from 18-00 to 06-00, and restaurants, gyms, and cultural institutions have been closed for four months.

On Saturday, March 13, the region again began sending “heavy” patients for treatment in other parts of the country, where hospitals are less crowded.

The increase in the number of patients and the load on the intensive care unit is partly attributed to the spread of the mutated British strain in France. It already accounts for 67% of the detected cases.

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