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'Macron IS culpable!' Andrew Neil exposes France Covid jab shame – 'Lockdown by weekend'

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France saw its biggest one-day jump in Covid cases today since its second lockdown in November and the government prepared to further tighten limits on people’s movement. The health ministry reported 38,501 new infections, pushing the total during the pandemic to 4.15 million. The seven-day average of new cases rose to over 26,000 per day.

Former BBC broadcaster Andrew Neil reacted to the latest cases and warned Mr Macron was “culpable” over France’s “mess” with its vaccine rollout.

He wrote on Twitter: “France’s vaccine rollout is a mess and President Macron is culpable.

“The only antidote to a third wave – bar lockdown – is widespread vaccination.

“I expect at least Greater Paris (Ile de France) to be in lockdown by the weekend. Very sad.”

Andrew Neil has ripped into Macron over France's Covid rates

Andrew Neil has ripped into Macron over France’s Covid rates (Image: YOUTUBE/GETTY)

Government spokesman Gabriel Attal said earlier today that tougher restrictions will be imposed in some regions including Paris from this weekend to battle against the spike in infections.

The Government is set to then outline new restrictions on Thursday.

This could include impartial lockdowns such as the weekend lockdowns already imposed, as well as a nationwide nightly curfew in parts of the Mediterranean Riviera and some areas of the north.

Mr Macron said today: “We will take pragmatic and regionalised decisions.”

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The government tracks ICU numbers closely as they are the ultimate measure of France’s ability to deal with the crisis.

Meanwhile, Paris had 1,177 people in ICU on Tuesday as the number of deaths in hospital rose by 247 to 91,437 today.

In the second nationwide lockdown in November, the number of people in ICU peaked at 4,919, on November 16.

During the first lockdown in March-April 2020, France had more than 5,000 people in ICU for 25 consecutive days, more than 6,000 for 17 consecutive days.

 France saw the biggest one-day jump in coronavirus cases on Wednesday

France saw the biggest one-day jump in coronavirus cases on Wednesday (Image: EXPRESS)

Despite the jump in new cases, the number of Covid patients in intensive care units (ICU) fell slightly, the first drop in nearly two weeks, easing by 20 to 4,219, health ministry data showed.

The Government is known to track ICU numbers closely as they are the biggest measure of France’s ability to deal with the crisis.

Meanwhile, Paris had 1,177 people in ICU on Tuesday as the number of deaths in hospital rose by 247 to 91,437 today.

In the second nationwide lockdown in November, the number of people in ICU peaked at 4,919, on November 16.

France could be heading for another national lockdown as Covid cases rise

France could be heading for another national lockdown as Covid cases rise (Image: GETTY)

During the first lockdown in March-April 2020, France had more than 5,000 people in ICU for 25 consecutive days and more than 6,000 for 17 consecutive days.

There was also a peak of over 7,000 for nearly a week early in April 2020.

It comes after a small number of cases of blood clots in people after having the AstraZeneca jab have been reported in Europe, which prompted a number of European countries including Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Denmark and Norway to halt the rollout of the vaccine. 

Mr Macron said he still hopes a vaccination drive can stave off effects of a new pandemic wave triggered by more contagious variants, and prevent France from resorting to a third national lockdown.

France was last put into a lockdown in November

France was last put into a lockdown in November (Image: GETTY)

AstraZeneca has firmly defended its vaccine by saying that there were no confirmed quality issues for any batch of the vaccine, and “no evidence of an increased risk of pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or thrombocytopenia” for people who had received it.

Ann Taylor, the company’s chief medical officer, said: “Around 17 million people in the EU and UK have now received our vaccine, and the number of cases of blood clots reported in this group is lower than the hundreds of cases that would be expected among the general population.

“The nature of the pandemic has led to increased attention in individual cases and we are going beyond the standard practices for safety monitoring of licensed medicines in reporting vaccine events, to ensure public safety.”

The European Medicines Agency added: “There is currently no indication that vaccination has caused these conditions, which are not listed as side effects with this vaccine.”



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