France saw its biggest one-day jump in Covid cases today since its second lockdown in November and the government prepared to further tighten limits on people’s movement. The health ministry reported 38,501 new infections, pushing the total during the pandemic to 4.15 million. The seven-day average of new cases rose to over 26,000 per day.
Former BBC broadcaster Andrew Neil reacted to the latest cases and warned Mr Macron was “culpable” over France’s “mess” with its vaccine rollout.
He wrote on Twitter: “France’s vaccine rollout is a mess and President Macron is culpable.
“The only antidote to a 3rd wave — bar lockdown — is widespread vaccination. I expect at least Greater Paris (Ile de France) to be in lockdown by the weekend. Very sad.”
Government spokesman Gabriel Attal said earlier today that tougher restrictions will be imposed in some regions including Paris from this weekend to battle against the spike in infections.
The Government is set to then outline new restrictions on Thursday.
This could include impartial lockdowns such as the weekend lockdowns already imposed, as well as a nationwide nightly curfew, along parts of the Mediterranean Riviera and some areas of the north.
Mr Macron said today: “We will take pragmatic and regionalised decisions.”
Despite the jump in new cases, the number of Covid patients in intensive care units (ICU) fell slightly, the first drope in nearly two weeks, easing by 20 to 4,219, health ministry data showed.
The government tracks ICU numbers closely as they are the ultimate measure of France’s ability to deal with the crisis.
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