The new quarantine measures will be announced at a press conference on Thursday with the participation of Prime Minister Jean Castex and Health Minister Olivier Veran and will take effect this weekend.
France will face a “difficult period” in the fight against coronavirus in the coming month, said French President Emmanuel Macron. This was announced on Wednesday, March 17, by the BFM TV channel, talking about the visit of the head of state to the local hospital in Saint-Germain-en-Laye.
“There will be a difficult period until mid-April,” the TV channel quoted the president as saying during his visit about the further development of the coronavirus situation.
At the same time, Macron did not voice the government’s plans to tighten antiquated measures or to preserve those already introduced. They are expected to be officially announced on Thursday 18 March.
According to the French press, at the moment, the option of introducing a self-isolation regime on weekends in the Ile-de-France metropolitan region and the northern Haute-de-France is considered as a priority, where 425 and 364 cases of infection are recorded per 100 thousand inhabitants, respectively.
According to the latest data from the authorities, since the beginning of the epidemic in France, more than 4 million cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded, more than 91 thousand people have become victims of the pandemic. The vaccination campaign has been running in France since the end of December 2020. To date, 5.5 million residents of the country have been vaccinated against the coronavirus, of which 2.3 million have already received both doses of the vaccine.
As reported, in the French city of Lannion, a new strain of COVID-19 was discovered, which experts classified as mutations subject to research. There are eight known cases of infection.