The department of Meurthe-et-Moselle is preparing to turn red with an incidence rate approaching 50. We take stock.
Posted on Sep 16, 20 at 12:52 pm| Modified 16 Sep 20 at 12:59
The virus continues to circulate in Meurthe-et-Moselle especially in the metropolis of Nancy. The department is preparing to move into ” Red zone “.
The incidence rate of Covid-19 reached 49.4 very close to the alert threshold of 50. It would thus be the second department of the Grand Est to be placed in red after the Bas-Rhin.
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Close to the alert threshold
The department is therefore very close to the alert threshold because of the progression of the circulation of the virus, in particular within the family and private environment. Student parties are particularly singled out and raise fears of an outbreak of contaminations in the very student city of Nancy.
Meurthe-et-Moselle is the most affected department in Lorraine. The incidence rate in Moselle is 24.7, in Meuse 22 and in Vosges 17.2.
A cluster has in fact been detected with almost fifteen cases among students of the Ecole des Mines de Nancy.
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Student nights and crowded terraces
In the sights of the authorities: student evening dress in bars or apartments or even integration weekends.
To do this, the University of Lorraine and the Regional Health Agency are launching a major screening campaign on the region’s campuses, particularly in Nancy.
” The virus is circulating again extensively in France, especially among people aged 15 to 29 years. However, the majority of people carrying the virus in this age group are asymptomatic, or “little symptomatic who ignore each other” (with headache, myalgia which can be signs of COVID) and can thus be a vector of blood circulation. virus, without knowing it, and a source of contamination for their loved ones and fragile people who could develop a serious form of COVID19 ″, warns the ARS.
The crowded terraces of some bars in the evening, especially on weekends, are also singled out. The prefect of Meurthe-et-Moselle Arnaud Cochet has called to order certain establishments without sanctions, for the moment.
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The prefect will have extensive powers
Wearing a mask is still compulsory in a large part of the streets of Nancy. The justice confirmed the order taken by the prefect after the filing of an appeal by two lawyers.
If the department moves to the red zone, the prefect can take several more restrictive measures: limiting travel, closing bars and restaurants or limiting their opening hours, extending the wearing of compulsory masks, limiting event gauges, prohibition of gatherings.
This week, the metropolises of Rennes, Lille, Bordeaux or Marseille are experiencing similar new rules because of a very high incidence rate.