While Prime Minister Jean Castex announced last week that regular press conferences would resume in the face of the resurgence of the epidemic, government spokesman Gabriel Attal indicated on Wednesday that Olivier Véran will make Thursday afternoon “a clear educational presentation of the “government’s” strategy for living with the virus.

The meeting will focus in particular on the testing strategy, often criticized for its delays, territorialization, the obligation to wear a mask, the vaccine or even the StopCovid application which, acknowledged Mr. Attal, has “not found its audience “. Priority to testing for those who have the application is “not on the agenda”, he added. The government examined in the Council of Ministers a bill extending for six months, until April 1, 2021, the possibility of restricting gatherings and travel due to the Covid-19 epidemic.

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The text of the bill thus extends the legislation in force, the deadline of which was set for October 30. The National Assembly is due to begin consideration on October 1.

It “extends the transitional regime which was instituted at the end of the state of health emergency on July 9” and which “makes it possible to quickly take appropriate decisions to combat the epidemic”, explained Gabriel Attal. “Given the health situation, it is necessary to anticipate and give us all the tools to continue to fight (it)”, according to him.

At the end of the state of health emergency, applied from March 24 to July 10, the law organizing its release provides, for example, for possible restrictions on the movement of people or vehicles as well as access to public transport, there where the virus is active. It also makes it possible to supervise gatherings, close establishments or impose virological tests on people arriving or leaving the territory.

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