World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 19 Mar, 2021 03:15 am

France announces inadequate lockdown measures as coronavirus spreads

France announces inadequate lockdown measures as coronavirus spreads
French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced a set of limited and inadequate lockdown measures, with non-essential industries and most schools remaining open.

More than 25,000 people are in hospital with coronavirus, and 4,246 of these are in intensive care units.While in January, the proportion of hospitalisations that required admittance to intensive care was approximately 20 percent, it has since increased to 27 percent.“Over the past 15 days, the average age of patients in intensive care has dropped from 64 to 57 years,” Yves Cohen, the head of the intensive care unit at the Avicenne Hospital in Bobigny, told Le Monde.Yesterday evening, in a nationally televised addressed, French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced a set of limited and inadequate lockdown measures in the face of a rapid spread of the virus that is developing out of control.

“The lockdown measures will not be the same as those put in place in March last year,” Castex said.Macron has depended completely on the close collaboration of the trade unions throughout the pandemic, which have opposed any strike action to demand lockdown measures and supported keeping schools open.

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