LIVE – Covid-19: to « give visibility », a Health Defense Council scheduled for Thursday


A Health Defense Council meeting this Thursday morning at the Élysée must « give visibility » as to the restrictions linked to the health crisis, even if the epidemiological situation must maintain the status quo for at least two weeks, we have learned from government sources.

The executive is faced with a paradoxical situation: if the number of positive cases continues to increase – and to break records at more than 300,000 daily contaminations on the average of the last seven days -, the pressure on the hospital and in particular the services resuscitation tends to stagnate.

Among the options of the council chaired by Emmanuel Macron, an intermediate solution is at this stage preferred. It consists of giving a timetable for lifting the restrictions, in particular with regard to gauges, the ban at least until January 24 on standing concerts and the closing of nightclubs.

« We should ask the French for another two weeks of effort before lifting restrictions, » a source close to the executive told AFP.

“We want to give a little visibility, especially since people are fed up. We will say that if the conditions improve, in one or two weeks we will lift restrictions”, adds another source.

The Defense Council must also decide on a postponement in June of the baccalaureate specialty tests, a scenario that would hold the rope, according to several sources within the executive.

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