Since March 14, vaccination certificates are no longer required in most public places. However, Emmanuel Macron, who was questioned on April 8 about the health situation, did not close the door on a possible return of the passport should the health situation deteriorate.
Are QR codes really behind us? The vaccination card has been officially suspended since March 14th. But given the presidential elections currently taking place in France and the less than optimistic forecasts of Professor Gilles Pialloux and the virulence of the new BA.2 variant, should we fear a return to health restrictions?
According to the Directorate General of Health (DGS), contacted by Actu.frIn any case, there are no plans to reintroduce the obligation to wear a mask and the vaccination card. A decision that the authority explains with the decrease in “the pressure on hospitals” and the fact that “the epidemic is gradually decreasing”. And if the hospital tension is felt again?
High-risk elections, BA.2 and rising hospital admissions
Indeed, Emmanuel Macron is cautious on this issue. Asked by our RTL colleagues on April 8 about a possible return of the vaccination card in the event of a Covid outbreak, the presidential candidate explained: “The law gave the government the possibility to use it until July if there has been a very sharp increase, accompanied by an increase in hospitalizations and intensive care, which has led to a deprogramming of operations, we cannot do without reusing the vaccination card“.
The latest figures from Public Health for Saturday April 9 aim to reassure: in the hospital the situation is stabilizing, and in particular in intensive care and intensive care units: 1,543 patients are currently being treated there with a Covid infection 11 less than the day before.
Professor Antoine Flahaut fears that the BA.2 variant is a game changer. “I think that in Europe we underestimate the virulence of the new BA.2 variant, which is becoming dominant almost everywhere in the world,” he explained in an interview with the Schweizer Zeitung The Grandstand of Geneva. At the Parisian he also warned:Call it a spade: a new wave is beginning in Western Europe“.
Not to mention that the presidential election is raising fears of a recovery in the epidemic. With the population mixing expected for Sunday’s first round of voting, authorities are insisting on the need to respect barrier gestures on polling day. Wearing a mask is not mandatory but is highly recommended.. Not to mention that people who are positive for Covid can go and vote. In this regard, all polling stations should offer hydroalcoholic gel for washing hands, and masks will be provided upon request.