In France, the period of mandatory self-isolation for those who have come into contact with infected with coronavirus has been reduced from 14 to seven days. Prime Minister Jean Castex announced this life. At the same time, he warned about the deterioration of the epidemiological situation in the country.
The isolation period was shortened at the suggestion of experts, who came to the conclusion that in the first seven days after contact, the likelihood of detecting infection is greatest.
He noted that the viral infection has not lost its intensity of spread and will remain in France for at least several more months. The authorities decided that they should try to live together with the coronavirus, without going too far into isolation and not breaking communication, economics, and cultural life, even despite the increase in the number of cases.
Castex said the elderly are still at risk for coronavirus and urged them to be especially vigilant.
According to the prime minister, 47 departments of the country have been declared zones of active circulation of coronavirus. A particularly difficult situation has developed in Marseille, Bordeaux, and Guadeloupe; additional anti-epidemiological measures will be taken in these regions.
The government will hire an additional 2,000 people to work to identify contact persons of cases and track infections, Castex promised. According to him, on September 11, the incidence rate was 72 (72 cases per 100,000 people), while a week ago it was 57.