In the process, France suspended Sunday at midnight and for 48 hours all travel of people from the United Kingdom, “including related to the transport of goods, by road, air, sea or rail,” said Matignon at the end of a Defense Council.
“This should allow us at the European level, the scientific analysis of the virus, to see if this strain is more dangerous, more contaminating and then allow to put in place the practical modalities so that the flows of passengers and goods resume in good conditions” , justified this Monday morning on RMC Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, the Secretary of State for Transport.
Media treatment in the viewfinder
Too often accused of laxity, the government reacted quickly this time, welcomes the former airplane pilot: “Twelve hours to reflect, decide and put in place restrictions last night at midnight, this is in a coherent, rational form and organized by the public prosecutor “, he assured before adding that France and Great Britain were looking for a common health protocol including the performance of PCR tests for all travelers and road carriers. A health protocol pointed out in France where it is estimated that it allows entry without restriction. Charges that Jean-Baptiste Djebbari sweeps away before attacking the media treatment of the health measures taken by the government.
“To come to Europe in the Schengen area, you need a compelling reason. Only those who have one can come. For 30 countries where the virus is actively circulating, you need a PCR test of less than 72 hours. If it is positive , the contaminated do not embark. For countries in which it is not possible to do a PCR test, there is a test on arrival “.
“The controls have been tightened. They compare us with Germany but we do exactly the same as in Germany. I have been to all the countries of Europe, there is above all a media lag. ‘we take a decision in France, we are told that we are liberticides, each time another country does something we are told that we are lax, “laments the Secretary of State.
The beginnings of the vaccine delivery
Regarding South Africa where a new strain of the virus is also developing, the country enters the 30 countries in scarlet red and is subject to the same rules. You therefore need a negative PCR test to come to France from this country. A less restrictive rule therefore than for the United Kingdom which is justified by less exchanges: “We have much less connections with South Africa”, pleads Jean-Baptiste Djebbari.
And while the epidemic drags on and health restrictions are imposed over time, the European Union must soon give the starting signal of the vaccination campaign within it. The vaccines will be transported well: “Things are in working order, the idea being to have large sorting centers before transport to the pharmacy and then to the doctors”. A supply which will be made in particular by road transport and which will begin at the end of the month.