Frankrike avslutter korona-unntakstilstanden

Forrige uke kom meldingen om at Frankrike avslutter unntakstilstanden de har operert med under Covid-pandemien, her omtalt av Radio France Internationale:

A new committee to monitor and anticipate health risks was created in France on Sunday to replace the scientific council on Covid and the vaccine strategy steering committee, bringing an end to the state of emergency imposed since the beginning of the pandemic.

Hva dette innebærer i praksis omtales slik:

Although Covid is still here, as of 1 August only the monitoring of the pandemic will be maintained and “measures limiting freedom of movement, freedom of enterprise and freedom of assembly” can no longer be imposed by the French government.

This brings to an end any emergency lockdowns, travel certificates for shopping or walking, curfews, compulsory teleworking, bans on “non-essential” shops and health passes. 

Det ble altså slutt på tiltak som begrenset bevegelsesfrihet, forretningsvirksomhet, forsamlingsfrihet, og slutt på lockdowns, portforbud og munnbind-påbud m.m. Men før man jubler for høyt:

However, it may be made compulsory again in the form of ministerial or prefectural decrees, depending on the evolution or degradation of the health situation; if a new problematic variant of the virus is identified, screening tests could also be set up at France’s borders.

Man kan jo bli fristet til å se med en viss skepsis på det nye organet som skal “monitorere helserisikoer”:

According to France’s Ministry of Health, the new committee will be made up of sixteen scientific or health professionals who will be appointed in the near future.

Answering to the Minister of Health and Prevention, François Braun, and the Minister for Higher Education and Research, Sylvie Retaille, the new body will be responsible for the scientific monitoring of new health risks “linked to infectious agents affecting humans and animals, environmental and food pollutants, and climate change”, and also issue recommendations.

Nedslagsfeltet blir altså både nye smittsomme helserisikoer, miljøforurensning og klimaendringer. Man trenger kanskje ikke stor fantasi for å se for seg denne nye komiteen i “full sving” om kort tid for eks. når det gjelder apekopper.

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