Paris, January 24 France’s COVID-19 pandemic has recently shown a worsening trend again. Some experts and public opinion believe that France may face a third “lockdown”. France further strengthened the control of entry pandemic prevention on the 24th.
Del Frasi, chairman of the French official scientific committee for the response to the pandemic, said on the evening of the 24th that France may need to take a new round of “lockdown” measures to curb the spread of mutant coronavirus. He believes that adopting general pandemic prevention measures can no longer effectively prevent and control mutant viruses.
Del Frassy warned that the proportion of mutant virus infections in some parts of France, especially in the Paris region, has reached 7 to 9% of confirmed infections. He pointed out that the next week is very critical for pandemic prevention and control, and the current problem to be considered should be the strength of the “lockdown”.
French newspaper Sunday reported on the 24th, citing government insiders that in response to the mutant virus, French President Macron may announce a third “lockdown” next week, and people will resume carrying travel certificates when they go out.
French government spokesman Attar responded that the government has not yet decided to implement a third “lockdown”. French officials plan to meet again next week to discuss the pandemic situation, especially to assess whether the extended curfew can effectively control the pandemic.
France imposed a second national “lockdown” at the end of October last year. Although it was launched a month later, many control measures have been retained. For example, museums, theaters, cinemas and other cultural places remain closed, and restaurants, bars, cafes and other catering places cannot resume business. At the same time, the daily curfew period throughout the law has been extended to 12 hours.
France further strengthened the control of entry pandemic prevention on the 24th. Personnel entering France from EU countries must produce a negative virus test certificate. France has previously required people entering France from countries outside the European Union to produce a negative test for the virus.
The French transportation department revealed that arriving in France by air or sea from EU countries requires a negative virus test within 72 hours; for EU countries entering France by land, officials will randomly check the negative virus test certificates of these incoming personnel.
According to the latest official pandemic data, France added 18,436 confirmed cases on the 24th, with a total of 30,53617 confirmed cases; the cumulative number of deaths is now 73,049, and 172 new deaths. ( End)