The mayor of Good in southern France referred to as on Sunday (21 February) for a weekend lockdown within the space to cut back the circulation of vacationers because it battles a pointy spike in coronavirus infections to triple the nationwide charge, writes Geert De Clercq.
The Good space has France’s highest COVID-19 an infection charge, with 740 new instances per week per 100,000 residents, in accordance with Covidtracker.fr.
“We want sturdy measures that transcend the nationwide 6 p.m. curfew, both tighter curfew, or a partial and time-specific lockdown. A weekend lockdown would make sense,” Mayor Christian Estrosi mentioned on franceinfo radio.
Well being Minister Olivier Veran mentioned on Saturday the federal government would resolve this weekend on tightening virus management measures within the Mediterranean metropolis.
Earlier than ordering a second nationwide lockdown in November, the federal government imposed curfews some cities and closed eating places in Marseille, nevertheless it has usually kept away from regional measures attributable to protest from native politicians and companies.
“We don’t rule out native lockdowns,” authorities spokesman Gabriel Attal mentioned on LCI tv.
He added that the pattern in new instances was not good in current days and that there was no case for loosening curfew.
“The climate is sweet, all people rushes to return right here. A weekend lockdown would put a cease to that, with out halting financial exercise within the metropolis,” Estrosi mentioned.
Estrosi mentioned an infection charges had leapt as a result of huge influx of vacationers over the Christmas vacation. Worldwide flights to town had jumped from 20 a day earlier than Christmas to 120 over the vacation – all this with out folks having virus checks of their nation of origin or on arrival.
“We will likely be completely satisfied to obtain a lot of vacationers this summer season, as soon as we win this battle, however it’s higher to have a interval whereas we are saying ‘don’t come right here, this isn’t the second’. Defending the folks of Good is my precedence,” he mentioned.