Covid-19: the government will announce its decisions at 7 p.m.

Vers new restrictions? Prime Minister Jean Castex and Minister of Health Olivier Véran are holding a press conference this Monday, December 27 at 7 p.m. to announce the decisions taken by the executive to deal with the meteoric progression of the epidemic (+ 30% of cases in a week), carried in part by the variant Omicron, which is more contagious. Emmanuel Macron convened a health defense council by videoconference at 4 p.m., during which possible new measures must be discussed.

On the menu, the possibility of a curfew for New Year’s Eve, December 31, as in 2020 or a postponement of the start of the school year, scheduled for January 2, demanded by doctors. Two options that would not have the government’s preference. Generalize the return of the mask outdoors as some departments have already done? Close new places after discos? There are still several levers to be operated before coming to more stringent measures. A return of the gauges for major events and the possibility of checking identity at the same time as the health pass to avoid fraud would be on the table.

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The government must also review the rules for isolation – 10 days for an infected person, 7 to 17 days for a contact case of the Omicron variant. With more than 70,000 new cases per day on average (a record since the start of the epidemic), to which must be added their contact cases, society quickly risks finding itself paralyzed by these periods of isolation, as experienced by it. already the UK.

The executive should above all play the vaccination card to limit the damage and avoid restrictions as much as possible. More than 76% of French people are vaccinated, and 22 million have already taken their booster dose, mandatory, from January 15, to keep the health pass if their last injection is more than seven months old. The minimum time between the last injection and the booster dose, already reduced to four months, could be shortened again to speed up the campaign. The High Authority of Health recommended on December 24 to reduce this period to three months.

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Jean Castex and Olivier Véran should also specify the contours of the future vaccine pass, called to replace the health pass – which also works for the unvaccinated with a negative test – from January 15. The bill putting it in place must be validated in a council of ministers on Monday at 5 p.m., in the wake of the health defense council, and must then be examined by the Assembly on Wednesday, before arriving at the Senate on January 5.

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