Covid-19: after Nancy, Meurthe-et-Moselle in red with an incidence rate above 50

The department of Meurthe-et-Moselle is one of those in the Grand Est region where the coronavirus circulates the most in September. The incidence rate continues to rise.

Posted on Sep 16, 20 at 19:29

The municipal police during a round in Nancy where the mask is compulsory in the streets. (© Nicolas Zaugra / Lorraine Actu)

The Meurthe-et-Moselle is now in the red zone, according to the latest data from the Regional Health Agency. In its report of Wednesday, September 16, 2020, the ARS announces that the incidence rate of the department exceeds the alert threshold set at 50.

He’s from 54,2 during the week of September 7 to 13 after a constant progression since last July. While it has experienced some declines, the general trend since the start of the summer is upwards. Nancy has also been in the red zone for several days with an incidence rate greater than 50 in the 20 municipalities of the metropolis.

The evolution of the incidence rate in Meurthe-et-Moselle from July to September 2020.
The evolution of the incidence rate in Meurthe-et-Moselle from July to September 2020. (© ARS Grand Est)

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“Let’s already apply the measures in force”

For Christian Rabaud, infectiologue au CHRU de Nancy, exceeding the alert threshold is a “signal”. According to him, it is not necessary to reconfine or close bars but “to apply the measures already in force”. He insists: “student evenings, integration weekends, these are risks needlessly taken”.

Moreover, he warns, according to him it is necessary “to act now” to avoid that there is tension in the hospital which he plans for mid-November.

For now, activity at the Nancy CHRU is calm. Only three people are in intensive care and 45 people hospitalized for Covid throughout the department, according to the ARS.

Student nights and crowded terraces

In the eyes of the authorities: the holding student parties 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 in a significant way 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 may have extensive powers

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 metropolitan areas of Rennes, Lille, Bordeaux and Marseille are experiencing similar rules because of a very high incidence rate.

The Minister of Health Olivier Véran must also speak Thursday evening at 5 p.m. to review the government’s strategy in the face of this resumption of the epidemic.

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