in the event of re-containment, schools could remain open

A million people have been vaccinated against the coronavirus in France, where stricter border rules came into force on Sunday January 24, but the thesis of a new containment is increasingly raised. It would be the third in the country in a year.

This new measure would be taken because hospital pressure remains strong in the country: Saturday 25,800 patients were hospitalized, including nearly 2,900 in intensive care. And even though this last figure is down slightly.

“Containment remains the most effective weapon”

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The absolute urgency is to vaccinate the most vulnerable with the vaccines available to protect them against the disease,” said doctor Yves Lévy, director of the Vaccine Research Institute (VRI) at the CHU Henri-Mondor in Créteil ( Val-de-Marne), in an interview at JDD. “We can think (that these vaccines) will remain partly effective” against the new variants, he added.

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However, for him, the idea of ​​achieving “group immunity” is “illusory” and blocking the arrival of the English mutant is “mission impossible”. So, faced with variants in particular, “containment remains the most effective weapon”, says this specialist.

“We will not wait for a new wave to arrive”

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The government, for its part, still officially hopes to avoid it. But if it should take place, the Ministry of Health Olivier Véran prefers to take measures before the arrival of a third wave. “We need the curfew to work, we have to manage to hold on to the variant and save time. In the best case scenario, we will be able to reduce the epidemic pressure. If this is not the case, we will not wait until March to act. We are monitoring the evolution of the effects of the curfew day by day. We will not wait for a new wave to arrive to take the right measures, “he added. he declared to the Parisian.

At present, “the situation allows school continuity. But we are vigilant,” assured the Minister of National Education Jean-Michel Blanquer to the JDD. “I prefer the terms that prevailed in November with open establishments, especially since we see a posteriori that our strategy has worked”, continued the Minister before adding: “All our work consists in avoiding this hypothesis (d ‘a closure of establishments), even if it remains conceivable in cases of absolute necessity. School remains essential for our children.

According to Sunday newspaper, Emmanuel Macron could speak on Wednesday January 27, the day of the next defense council.

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