French President’s live TV broadcast to the nation scheduled for Wednesday at 8 pm. In his address, Emmanuel Macron will announce new measures to halt the third wave of the COVID-19 case.
The presidential office has confirmed that Mr Macron will make an appearance on national TV after a meeting of the Defence Council on Wednesday morning. The subject of the address is new measures are needed to halt the exponential rise in the coronavirus infection.
In his efforts to curb the pandemic, prime minister Jean Castex will also update the French parliament on Thursday on the epidemiological situation and hold a vote on any new measures. Amid pandemic, undoubtedly, the Cabinet is under pressure to act while the hospitals are struggling to cope with the high number of intensive care unit (ICU) patients.
On Monday, the EU country had 4,974 patients admitted into the ICU in total, more than at the peak of the second wave of the pathogen in autumn (4,903 on November 16th).
According to the experts, it seems unlikely that no new measures will be introduced across France, but they might stop short of a full, nationwide lockdown.