Paris (AP) – French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday night planned to send a televised message to the nation, which could signal a tougher crackdown on coronavirus hospitalizations.
The previous nationwide blockade was announced by Macron in a televised speech in March-October 2020. On Wednesday, his office announced that Macron would address the crowd at 8 p.m.
Ahead of his weekly strategic meeting with coronavirus ministers and aides yesterday, Macron stepped up pressure to close schools and restrict the movement of people to ease pressure on hospitals.
The total number of COVID-19 patients in France on Tuesday exceeded 5,000, the first time in 11 months the figure was so high
Without complete blockade, Macron is consuming alternatives to wreak havoc on a new wave of infections, leading to growing questions about his government’s viral strategy. In the 2022 presidential election, Macron will have to consider both political and health considerations.
A national curfew has been in place overnight since January. In Paris, in other regions where the virus is spreading rapidly, residents already have additional restrictions on movement, and insignificant shops are closed.
School closures were among the options discussed Wednesday. They have previously been described by the government as a last resort.