When will we return to a less gloomy daily life? The executive hopes “a return to a more normal life (…) perhaps from mid-April“Government spokesman Gabriel Attal said on March 3. A figure in line with the” four to six weeks to go “that Emmanuel Macron spoke of on March 1.”The return to a more normal life is in sight. Our sport, our culture, all our outlets, all these places that make our social life will reopen, it is a horizon at the end of the tunnel that we must have in view“, said Gabriel Attal.
“This is an ever closer horizon (…) for which we are preparing“, explained Gabriel Attal, thus evoking”devices and protocols that could allow the country to be prudently but surely reopened in the near future“.
Speed up vaccination to get there
A hope that would be made possible thanks to the anti-covid vaccination, according to the spokesperson who recalled the objective of nine million people who will have received at least one first injection by the end of March.
The countryside, which “accelerates“, must in particular find a new breath with the widening validated at the beginning of the week by the High Authority of Health (HAS) of the criteria to benefit from the AstraZeneca vaccine. It is in fact now accessible to people aged 65 to 75 years with ‘a comorbidity.
What about 65-75 year olds without pathology? “Obviously, very quickly, it will also be open to this age group without comorbidity“, assured the spokesperson of the government.
No reopening without a “health pass”?
To reopen public places safely, the government is also counting on a “health pass”, announced by Emmanuel Macron last week. This digital tool could be linked to the TousAntiCovid app and could primarily be a tool for tracing contamination and alerting contact cases. In particular, he would use a QR code to scan at the entrance to restaurants or sports halls.
But this “pass” could also make it possible to give access to certain places to people who are not at risk of infecting others, either because they are vaccinated, or because they have passed a recent negative test, less. 72 or 48 hours, explained the head of state. On the other hand, there is no question of a “vaccine passport” which would reserve access to only those vaccinated as long as the vaccine is not accessible to all.
Still several difficult weeks
Anyway, by concretely dating a return to a more normal life, the government wants to give a perspective to French people tired of containment measures and by the curfew that has lasted since mid-December. But he recognizes that the situation remains “worrying“.”It’s not a blast, it’s not an exponential rise, but it’s a continuous rise“positive cases,” said the spokesperson.
By the mid-April horizon will therefore take place “weeks of heavy weather“, recognizes the spokesperson, while specifying that Jean Castex would speak on Thursday, March 4 to announce new restrictions in the twenty or so departments placed under enhanced surveillance. These restrictions will be”differentiated“, to respond to a situation”heterogeneous“in the different territories.
No relief planned for the moment
According to Gabriel Attal’s entourage, ten new departments where the increase in cases is strong could also go under reinforced surveillance, while others, where the incidence is falling, could come out.
But no measure to ease restrictions, including in departments where the incidence is low, is on the agenda for several weeks.