Paris, 3 March 2021 (dpa/MIA) – The French government is hoping the country can return to normal “maybe already in mid-April,” though the next few weeks could prove to be challenging, government spokesperson Gabriel Attal said on Wednesday.
“There is a horizon with vaccines. We begin to see the effect of vaccinations on the epidemic,” Attal said after a government meeting led by President Emmanuel Macron.
The return to normal life with openings was in sight. But at present, the situation was still “worrying,” though there was not an explosion of cases.
Attal also announced a press conference for Thursday regarding possible further restrictions.
Prime Minister Jean Castex had previously called a heightened coronavirus alert level for 20 departements in France, including Paris, urging local authorities to propose tighter measures.
In the southern coastal city of Nice and the northern port of Dunkerque, lockdowns are already in place on weekends. Observers suggest similar measures could also enter into force in other affected areas.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo had previously ruled out another lockdown in the capital, saying it would be “inhumane.”
France has imposed a nightly curfew at 6 pm for the past weeks.
The number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants recently rose to around 221.