French government to take new measures to tackle fifth wave

A return to stricter measures should “save the holiday season and get through the winter as well as possible,” Attal added, who noted the sharp rise in new cases growing at a rate of 80% per week. [EPA-EFE / Guillaume Horcajuelo]

As the number of COVID-19 infections continues to rise in France, government spokesman Gabriel Attal has announced new “guidelines” to curb the pandemic and “save the holiday season”.

Barrier measures and rules for the COVID pass will be reinforced, Attal told the press on Wednesday.

The government also wants to accelerate the vaccination campaign to stem the fifth wave, Attal said, EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reported.

A return to stricter measures should “save the holiday season and get through the winter as well as possible,” Attal added, who noted the sharp rise in new cases growing at a rate of 80% per week.

While the situation in French hospitals appears to remain relatively stable for now, potential additional measures are to be announced by Health minister Olivier Véran on Thursday.

But the government’s main objective is to “impose and place the burden on those who do not assume their responsibility”, Attal added, referring to the 6 million citizens who have so far chosen not to get vaccinated.

Attal also noted that “there is a very strong weariness of the French concerning the epidemic” but that each wave was handled “better than the last”, he added.

(Magdalena Pistorius | EURACTIV.fr)

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