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Mickaël Bosredon / 20 Minutes

  • Second weekend confined for Dunkirk and first for Pas-de-Calais.

  • In Hauts-de-France, the authorities have accelerated the vaccination campaign.

  • Nearly 40,000 people should be vaccinated in centers open Saturday and Sunday in the 5 departments.

Saturday and Sunday, exceptional measures to fight against the coronavirus epidemic were put in place in Hauts-de-France, in particular in Nord and Pas-de-Calais.

The Ministers of Health and the Interior were also on the move, this Sunday, in these two departments particularly affected by the health crisis.

The most striking measure is the total containment of Pas-de-Calais.

Since Saturday morning, and for at least four weeks, the inhabitants of this department can no longer leave their homes on weekends, except for compelling reasons and with a derogatory exit certificate.

In the North, the municipalities of Dunkirk live, their second, and normally last, confined weekend.

According to Public Health France, the incidence rates are still very high.

In the majority of cities in the urban community of Dunkirk, the incidence rates are between 500 and 1,000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

In some sectors, such as Zuydcoote, Bray-Dunes or even Brouckerque, the incidence rate exceeds 1,000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

Vaccination boost

In addition to these localized containment measures, the authorities took advantage of the weekend to accelerate the vaccination campaign in Hauts-de-France for people over 75 years old and people at risk of severe forms of Covid-19.

Thus, the vaccination centers remained open Saturday and Sunday and many additional doses of vaccine were delivered, especially in Nord and Pas-de-Calais.

For the latter department, the president of the departmental council, Jean-Claude Leroy, had also sharply challenged the government on the delay taken by the vaccination campaign on its territory.

For Saturday alone, the Regional Health Agency (ARS) says that more than 27,000 injections were carried out in Hauts-de-France, "an absolute record since the start of the vaccination campaign".

The departments of Nord and Pas-de-Calais accumulate nearly three quarters of injections.

The ARS has set itself the goal of vaccinating nearly 40,000 people before Monday.

In addition, the students will return to school on Monday.

In areas where the epidemic is actively circulating, special measures will be introduced.

In Dunkirk, Inner Flanders and Hauts de Flandre, class arrivals and departures will be staggered for nursery and elementary schools to avoid crowds.

In middle and high schools, lessons will be provided half face-to-face and half distance learning.

Saliva tests will also be "deployed in all first-degree establishments" declares the prefecture of the North.


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