July 25, 2021

Parliament definitively adopts the gradual exit from the state of emergency and the health pass

By a final vote of the Senate, Thursday, May 27, Parliament definitively adopted the bill governing the gradual exit from the state of health emergency, which notably allows the establishment of a controversial health pass.

Following the vote in the National Assembly on Tuesday, the upper house dominated by the right-wing opposition approved the text by show of hands. The PS (Socialist Party) and CRCE (Communist Republican Citizen and Environmentalist) groups voted against, and the environmentalists abstained.

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On May 29, Medicare must provide all vaccinees with their vaccination certificate in the form of a QR code. They can download it from the Attestationvaccin.ameli.fr website or call their health insurance fund.

On June 9, the health pass will come into effect. It will make access to large gatherings (of more than 1,000 people) or to certain places subject to presentation of a negative virus screening result, proof of complete vaccination (two doses) or even a certificate. recovery after contamination.

Appeal to the Constitutional Council

The left-wing deputies (Democratic and Republican Left, rebellious France, PS) decided to seize the Constitutional Council, judging that it “Gives very important powers to the government on bases much too vague and imprecise”. The leader of the senators of the CRCE group, Eliane Assassi, said “Bring a lot of hope” in this remedy.

The Secretary of State in charge of pensions and occupational health, Laurent Pietraszewski, for his part, greeted in the hemicycle of the Palais du Luxembourg “A fair balance between our freedoms and the protection of public health”. It’s a “Point of balance between enthusiasm and prudence”, had underlined, before the deputies, the Secretary of State to the Minister of Solidarity and Health, Adrien Taquet, in a context of decline of the Covid-19 epidemic and acceleration of vaccination.

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The transitional regime that it provides provides a legal framework for the deconfinement measures announced by the executive, while providing for the hypothesis of an epidemic resumption. It will end on September 30, and not at the end of October as the executive had wished. The rapporteur for the text in the Senate, Philippe Bas (Les Républicains), reiterated his “Uselessness”, claiming that“It would have been enough to ask Parliament to extend the state of health emergency to get out of the state of health emergency”.

The text has been significantly altered after its passage through the hands of parliamentarians of the two assemblies. Deputies and senators notably noted the limitation of the use of curfews and confinements within the framework of this transitional regime.

The curfew remains possible and planned for the next thirty days from the 1is June. After this period, if the executive still plans to use it, it will then again have to declare a state of emergency for a period limited to thirty days before, possibly, returning to Parliament. Moreover, at the initiative of the Senate, the local reconfigurations provided for by law can only be decided for a maximum of one month without the Parliament being consulted.

A “temporary, summer time” health pass

On the sensitive aspect of the health pass, deputies and senators validated the contributions voted by the two chambers. Introduced by the government by amendment to the National Assembly, the health pass will be limited to large gatherings, such as festivals, and subject to a battery of measures limiting, according to the defenders of the text, attacks on individual freedoms. It will, moreover, “Temporary, the time of a summer”, noted Mr. Bas.

The senators also obtained that it could only be implemented in places that do not ensure compliance with barrier gestures. In addition, only authorized persons may carry out checks. Mr. Pietraszewski pointed out that “Sanctions will be taken” when the health pass will be requested outside of what the law provides.

Philippe Bas regretted “A lot of confusion” with the European health passport, intended to facilitate free movement within the European Union, or with “Multiple information” on the use of a QR code which, scanned at the entrance of a restaurant or a gym via the TousAntiCovid application, will allow you to be informed of a risk of Covid contamination- 19 if a contagious person was in the establishment. Those are “Totally separate regimes”, recalled the senator of La Manche.

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Covid-19: the pressure continues to ease in hospitals

The number of hospitalized Covid-19 patients fell below 18,000 on Thursday, May 25, with 499 new admissions in the last twenty-four hours. 3,200 people are however still in critical care, according to data from Public Health France.

In the past twenty-four hours, 146 people have died in hospital.

The number of hospitalized patients, which had exceeded 31,000 at the height of the third wave in mid-April, had dropped back below 20,000 on Saturday for the first time since October 27.

Vaccination, which will be open to all adults from May 31, continues: 24.5 million people have received a dose (36.7% of the total population and 46.8% of the adult population) and 10.3 million people received two doses, according to the health ministry.

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