In France, a half-victory for the “enfermistes”

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The proliferation of cases of English variants and the “enfermistes” forced the French government to once again slalom with the virus, whose incidence rate in the Paris region reached the record of 446 per 100,000. Qualified as “enfermistes” , many doctors and some of the nursing staff argued in particular for a re-containment of the 22 million inhabitants of the Ile-de-France region. However, during his press conference on Thursday, the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, only partially won their case.

“Territorialized” locking

The Hexagon will indeed enter, from this Friday midnight, into a “territorialized” health lockdown regime intended to “slow down” without “locking up”. The fashionable strict confinement of March-April 2020 – which was on the table during the Health Defense Council on Wednesday – was not retained by Emmanuel Macron. However, the chosen scheme will prevent families from the regions concerned from moving freely during the Easter school holidays (from April 17 to early May in Paris). To restore confidence in the AstraZeneca vaccine validated a few hours earlier by the European Medicines Agency (1.5 million people have received it in France), the head of government will receive a first injection on Friday.