Pedestrians wearing masks in the streets of Nantes (illustration).
F. Brenon / 20Minutes
The ax has fallen.
Maine-et-Loire will be the only department in the Pays-de-la-Loire region to have to observe a curfew as part of the government fight against Covid-19, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on Thursday.
The ban on travel from 9 p.m. (apart from authorized exceptions) will take effect on Friday evening at midnight.
Maine-et-Loire was however, until then, not even classified in “zone of enhanced alert” (stage 2).
But the latest worrying virus circulation figures have convinced the authorities to impose more draconian measures.
According to the latest figures from the regional health agency (ARS), which
obtained, the incidence rate of the coronavirus in Maine-et-Loire has thus crossed the threshold of 200 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants (202 , 5).
It reached 215 in the agglomeration of Angers.
This should be compared with the national average (251) and the more moderate average for Pays-de-la-Loire (164.7).
The positivity rate of the people tested is 11.8%.
Nantes and Loire-Atlantique spared, for how long?
Loire-Atlantique, for its part, probably narrowly avoided the curfew.
And Nantes remains one of the last large French cities (with Bordeaux) to escape the dreaded measure.
It may only be a matter of time.
Because the incidence rate in Loire-Atlantique has increased dangerously in recent days to reach 187.5 this Thursday, indicates the ARS.
It even peaks at 230 in Nantes metropolis.
In this context, the prefect of Loire-Atlantique, Didier Martin, should announce on Friday a strengthening of the restrictions already in force.
Cafes may have to close earlier (10 p.m.), as was the case in recent weeks among neighbors of the Rennes metropolitan area.
The epidemic is, for the moment, less worrying in the three other departments of the Pays-de-la-Loire region.
The incidence rate of Covid-19 is 149 in Mayenne, 127 in Sarthe and, only, 108 in Vendée.
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