CORONAVIRUS – Almost a year after the start of the Covid-19 epidemic in France, this is an unprecedented measure which was announced this Monday February 22 In the Alpes-Maritimes, the department of the hexagon most violently affected at the beginning of the year, local confinement was decreed for the next two weekends on the coast, as the prefect Bernard Gonzalez specified during a press point
After consultation with elected officials, the prefecture of the department announced on Sunday that it had sent proposals for measures, without specifying which ones, to the government The results of the arbitrations were therefore presented on Monday noon
The incidence rate is particularly high in the Nice metropolis, the main one in the department, with nearly 600 positive cases per 100000 inhabitants, nearly three times the national average (190), while around 10% of screening tests are positive (compared to 6% for the whole of France), in a context of the spread of the British variant , more contagious At the Nice University Hospital, more than 90% of places in intensive care are occupied, added the prefect
The local elected officials, like the mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi and the deputy LR Éric Ciotti, therefore pleaded for several days for this solution of a local reconfinement, whose idea had already largely infused the population even before the formalization of the measure
Éric Ciotti was annoyed in Nice Matin that the announcement was made so late, a choice for which he blames the executive “Perhaps there are uncertainties at the highest point of the state?”, He even wondered, assuring that all measures had already been stopped since Sunday
This deployment of new measures is also making people cringe in the Alpes-Maritimes because it takes place in the middle of the school vacation period, while tourists – therefore from outside the department – are already there or in the process of leaving. get there
Among the proposals of local elected officials who were selected was the idea of this local confinement only in effect from Friday 6 p.m. to Monday morning 6 a.m., and on the coast (in an area extending from Théoule-sur -sea in Menton) It will come into effect for the next two weekends, to begin with, and it will always be possible to leave your home, with a certificate, to play sports, or your races, and this within a radius of 5km around the home
In addition, Bernard Gonzalez announced a temporary closure from this Tuesday, February 23 of businesses of more than 5000m2 (which will be able to continue to click and collect), with the exception of pharmacies and food stores, as well as a reduction in the tonnage in smaller shops which will remain open (from 10 to 15m2 per customer)
The mask will be made compulsory in all frequented areas of the department, the broadcasting of music and the consumption of alcohol on public roads are again prohibited Still with the idea of curbing the spread of the virus, reinforced controls at the Italian border will be put in place and random testing campaigns will take place at the airports of the department on travelers arriving from abroad
“The time has come for pedagogy, it is for responsibility,” the prefect finally insisted, warning that strict controls would take place to ensure that the measures are respectedOn the other hand, the ban on entry into the department, except for an overriding reason, and the limitation of travel within a radius of 100 kilometers mentioned by elected officials and submitted to the government have been ruled out, for the moment in any case.
“The acceleration of the vaccination campaign is necessary,” added Bernard Gonzalez, specifying that 4,500 additional doses of Pfizer vaccine would arrive in the department on Monday. Thousands of AstraZeneca vaccines will also be made available to immunize people aged 50 to 64 with co-morbidities
To hear the local officials (including Christian Estrosi who spoke on Sunday of a “catastrophic” situation on the spot, and the deputy LR Marine Brenier who qualified it as “dramatic”) and to see the measures taken by the government, the addition of these new devices will have seemed essential to the authorities
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