Reconfinement, curfew… Faced with the second wave, what are the government's options?

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Reconfinement, curfew… Faced with the second wave, what are the government's options?

 Reconfinement, curfew… Faced with the second wave, what are the government's options?


A defense council is due to meet on Tuesday to determine what decisions to make regarding the progression of the epidemic. For scientists, if the first wave took everyone by surprise, the knowledge acquired since then makes it possible to envisage more nuanced responses.


After shutting down the country in the spring, a slogan has emerged at the top of the state: everything must be done to avoid a new generalized confinement. It would be "the worst of everything" , according to the words of Jean Castex, at the start of the school year on August 26. “Restriction measures, we know their effectiveness, but also the side effects. The President and the Prime Minister want to avoid this scenario at all costs. Because it's not just the virus that kills. Poverty too! Closing the nursing homes [accommodation establishments for dependent elderly people], and the resulting isolation, can also kill old people, ” underlined the Prime Minister's entourage in mid-September.


A month later, while Emmanuel Macron is due to speak, Wednesday, October 14, on TF1 and France 2, the executive nevertheless reserves the possibility of "going further" . "Nothing should be excluded when we see the situation in our hospitals," assured Mr. Castex, Monday, about possible localized confinements . "He was preparing the ground for the president" , underlines an adviser, even if, according to a government source, the hypothesis of a reconfinement, whether national or local, has never been addressed since the re-entry into the framework of the defense council or the council of ministers.

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