By Lorraine writing
updated on 7 Jan 21 at 12:45
Departments in eastern France, especially Alsace, could soon switch to advanced curfew at 6 p.m. (© Lorraine Actu infographic)
Two criteria are observed by the authorities: the incidence rate in the general population, and among those over 65. According to the latest figures, new departments in eastern France could soon switch to advanced curfew, one week after the first 15 announced on January 1st.
The measure currently concerns fifteen departments located in the east of the country: Hautes-Alpes, Alpes-Maritimes, Ardennes, Doubs, Jura, Marne, Haute-Marne, Meurthe-et-Moselle , the Meuse, Nièvre, Haute-Saône, Saône-et-Loire, Vosges, Territoire de Belfort and Moselle.
Alsace under close surveillance
The two Alsatian departments escaped the first wave of departments under curfew. But the situation worsens if we observe the incidence rates of the Haut-Rhin and Bas-Rhin departments.
The Haut-Rhin had been cited in the first provisional list communicated by the Ministry of Health. But the department, very affected by the March wave, had escaped the measure.
This time it should be different. The incidence rate on January 5 in the population was 224.8 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. For people over 65, it is 260. All the criteria are met to go under curfew.
In the Bas-Rhin, the curfew is not far either. The incidence rates are close to 200.
“Unfortunately, I fear that the list of departments affected by the anticipated curfew will grow,” said regional prefect Josiane Chevalier on Tuesday, acknowledging that the situation in “Alsace has” deteriorated in recent days. “.
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Other departments on the eastern side of the country could soon switch with incidence rates greater than 200 in both categories or approaching:
Update on the curfew on the eastern facade of the country as of January 7, 2021. (© Lorraine Actu infographic)
When will the new departments under curfew be formalized?
According to BFMTV, the announcement should not fall this evening during the press conference of Jean Castex scheduled for 6 p.m.
The news channel assures us, however, that the government will present a list of departments “under surveillance” and that consultation will be opened with the elected officials of these territories. The same method had been used for the first list of departments under curfew.
Government spokesman Gabriel Attal assured on January 1 that a first progress point would be made after a week for the departments already under advanced curfew. In addition, he repeated on several occasions that this list can evolve.
The Prefect of Meurthe-et-Moselle, Arnaud Cochet, said last week that he did not know how long the curfew measure would last. “The date of the end of application is not fixed”, he warned.