France’s Macron to Address Nation About Health Situation

French President Emmanuel Macron will address the nation about the coronavirus situation on Wednesday at 8 p.m. in Paris, according to a text message from his office.

The government is holding a defense council meeting early on Wednesday to discuss options to fight a surge in infections. Macron has sought to avoid another full national lockdown, which he said would be a last resort, but has been under pressure from doctors and scientists.

Measures on the table include closing schools in the most affected districts, which are currently under lockdown, according to several news reports. Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo today called on the government to close schools in the capital, the country’s most densely populated area, in an interview on BFM TV.

Another option being considered by the government is the mandatory transfer of ICU patients from districts where hospitals are saturated to other regions, while healthcare workers could be moved to the most affected places, according to these reports.

Disneyland Paris will become a vaccination center next month, France Bleu reported, citing Seine-et-Marne regional authorities. The amusement park will join the Stade de France stadium, north of Paris.

Separately, a new variant has been discovered by medical staff at Henri Mondor hospital, near Paris, the local hospital network, AP-HP, said.

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