Covid-19: Castex brings together 10 ministers on Monday to “take stock” of Omicron


The meeting will focus on the impact of the variant and on the continuity of essential public services, explained Matignon.

Monday at 4 p.m., Prime Minister Jean Castex will bring together ten of his ministers to “take stock of the impact of the Omicron variant and the continuity of essential public services“Matignon announced to AFP on Sunday.

Hospitals, educational facilities, public transport, administrations, army, gendarmeries and police stations, as well as companies in the energy sector“Will be the sectors concerned, said this source.

The Ministers of Health Olivier Véran, of the Economy Bruno Le Maire, of the Interior Gérald Darmanin, of Education Jean-Michel Blanquer, of Labor Elisabeth Borne, of the Armies Florence Parly, of the Civil Service Amélie de Montchalin, of the Ecological Transition Barbara Pompili, of Transport Jean-Baptiste Djebbari and the government spokesperson Gabriel Attal will participate in this meeting chaired by the Prime Minister.

“This meeting takes place on the day of the implementation of the new isolation rules in order to take into account the extremely rapid evolution of the distribution of the Omicron variant while maintaining the socio-economic life of the country and the sustainability of public services” , recalls Matignon.

New provisions will come into force on Monday, such as the wearing of a compulsory mask for children from 6 years old, isolation for Covid patients reduced to five days after a negative test, a minimum number of teleworking three days a week for positions where possible, gauges for cultural and sporting shows or even an increase from four to six in the number of children who can be accommodated simultaneously by childminders.

On the eve of a return to school marked by the uncertainty and the challenges that the Omicron variant poses to education, Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer also unveiled on Sunday evening the new health protocol in force.

It relies on the multiplication of tests for students, a strong incentive for the vaccination of 5-11 year olds and a call to mayors to provide their schools with CO2 sensors to avoid the disorganization of the school in the face of Covid-19.

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