While many European nations are trying to ease restrictions, it seems Germany and France won't follow suit. The surge in infection rates in certain parts of these countries means restrictions are still in place.
France and Germany to tighten restrictions in areas with huge infections
An increase in the Covid-19 transmission rate has affected France's effort to lift the nation's restriction effort. The hotbed in France especially is Nice where many are reportedly been affected. In Germany, most schools have reopened this week, however, many say infections remain unabated.
Though France hasn't issued a lockdown, it has a general curfew which lasts 12 hours from 6 pm. However, the French government has said the particular area in Nice with high infections will have to be lockdown partially for some time. The resort in Riviera has more than 650 cases per 120,000 residents, which is twice higher than the national infection rate.
The area is experiencing a surge in the UK strain which was gotten over the new year holidays. During the holidays, flights to and from the Nice increase from 30 to 139 daily. According to the Mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi. While commenting on coronavirus spread in the country, government spokesperson Gabriel Attai said it was going to stand there wasn't a chance that they would ease lockdown.
Nice region with worrying infections despite partial restrictions
According to a health source in Paris, it said the region of Alpes-Maritimes was having very huge coronavirus infections, and measures to stop the spread weren't yielded much. Children have been asked to go back to school in Grenoble and Lyon, but they have been required to take all protocols to avoid spread.
France is one of the European nations which has been hit with shortages in the supply of AstraZeneca vaccine and Pfizer which has affected their vaccine administration. But President Macron has insisted that the country is trying its best can to hasten vaccine jabs administration. He is also optimistic that home-grown vaccines would be ready soon.