France doing everything to avoid ‘catastrophic’ situation

In Marseille, the situation is particularly “worrying”, according to Marseille Mayor Benoît Payan, urging that “from now on, every minute counts.” [EPA-EFE/LUDOVIC MARIN]

“We are doing everything we can to prevent the spread of this variant,” Health Minister Olivier Véran told Europe 1/CNews/Les Échos on Sunday morning in reference to the new coronavirus variant that recently emerged in the UK.

Eight more departments in eastern France decided on Sunday to extend the curfew to start from 6 pm, a measure already in place in fifteen departments across the country. And, since a few cases linked to the British variant of COVID-19 were discovered in the Bouches-du-Rhône region, the situation is being monitored more closely.

In Marseille, the situation is particularly “worrying”, according to mayor Benoît Payan, who warned that “from now on, every minute counts.”

“I want the government to intensify controls at airports and ask the ministers to implement drastic measures concerning the entry and exit of the territory,” he added. Within 24 hours, seven new cases of COVID-19 were infected by the British variant.

Since the start of the country’s vaccination campaign, the government has been heavily criticised for the slowness of the campaign’s rollout, which Health Minister Véran said was due to the “lack of experience with the vaccine”. (Lucie Duboua-Lorsch  | EURACTIV.fr)

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