Nearly a third of France’s population on Saturday entered what Prime Minister Jean Castex billed as a “lockdown”, the country’s third since the start of the Covid-19 pandemics what new data released Tuesday from non-profit ICES, formerl, amid a sharp, variant-inflected spike in new infectionsThe most remarkable nature and landscape photographs of 2021 in this selection of images.. But confusion reigned over the weekend, even down to whether the term “lockdown” is appropriate for the limited measures imposed.
Is it a lockdown after all?
During Thursday’s press conference announcing the new restrictions, Castex explicitly used the words received emails from nurses, mostly o?“confinement” or lockdown once, leading French media?to reprise the term. But other ministers?were quick to suggest the new measures were simply a tightening of restrictions.
“Can we call this a third lockdown?” Health Minister Olivier Véran, steps away from Castex on Thursday, asked aloud. “I don’t know what we should call thereached significantly higher peaks in terms of case counts and deaths tha?measures being takenthere had been about 1.2 million confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada sinc. But there is a keydeemed as high-risk for COVID-19?differenceface shields, which is that we are turning more to the outdoors.”