French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday suggested it would be best to move towards more restrictions, mainly in areas where the coronavirus spread rapidly. But Grégory Doucet mayor of Lyon, a city with a serious case, that could switch to the maximum alert zone on Thursday, it’s “not worth going further.”
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“In places where it circulates too quickly, in particular where it circulates a lot among the elderly, who are the most vulnerable, and where we see more and more beds occupied in emergencies, we must move towards more restrictions, such as those we have known for example in the Bouches-du-Rhône or in Paris and the inner suburbs,” President Macron said during an interview on TF1.
“The strategy we have adopted is not this, it is to empower our citizens. We’re not, and we will not be for many months in normal time,” the French leader added.
Olivier Véran last week pointed out areas with very disturbing cases like Lille, Lyon, Grenoble, Saint-Etienne and Toulouse, which makes it necessary that measures are tightened to slow down the spread and impact of the virus.
According to reports found on Europe 1, the mayor of Lyon Grégory Doucet doesn’t quite agree with this idea as he said, “In view of the latest data, it seems to me that we are still able to cope with the epidemic,” he said referring to the devices put in place this week on the elderly and the youths.
Responding to a question on the possibility of shutting down the bars, Doucet said he doesn’t want that to happen.
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However, President Macron pointed out that, “the virus has been circulating faster for several weeks.” The number of Covid-19 patients reportedly hospitalized in intensive care declined a little on Wednesday, for the first time since the end of August.