French President Emmanuel Macron has spoken out in favor of selective measures to contain possible risks in the coronavirus pandemic, believing that a new general closure would result in “collateral damage” across the country that would be “significant”.
The French president said in an interview with Paris-Match magazine that the government now has “localized strategies”, as has happened in Mayenne, where one of the worst outbreaks has occurred since de-escalation began.
So Macron has not ruled out the possibility of re-narrowing some areas “if the situation so requires”, but has ruled out a move similar to that in March. “We cannot stop the country because the collateral damage from detention is substantial,” he warned.
The President has admitted that there is a “legitimate fear” of “an entirely new epidemiological phenomenon” among the population, but has called for a response “without falling into the zero risk doctrine”. While waiting for a vaccine, he has campaigned for increased testing, tracking and isolation of potential cases, while “preventing” infections, for example with a mask.
The French Ministry of Health warned on Wednesday that coronavirus transmission “increased” after it added 3,376 new cases of coronavirus, resulting in a full increase in intensive care unit admissions. The number of positives is the highest in more than three months.