In the midst of the third wave of coronavirus, with nearly 6,000 Covid-19 patients treated in intensive care units, France announced on Tuesday April 13 the suspension of all air links with Brazil.
The health situation in the South American country has continued to worsen since February due to the emergence of the variant called P1, considered to be more contagious and more deadly, but still very much in the minority in France.
The Minister of Health Olivier Véran explained to the National Assembly that the contaminations count “
80% of variant of British origin and now a little less than 4% of Brazilian and South African variants
He mentioned a "
decline of these variants because they are less contagious than English which extends to him throughout the territory
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Monday April 12, the Minister Delegate for Transport Jean-Baptiste Djebbari had explained that France had "
kept a few lines
" with Brazil, justifying the maintenance of air links by respect for the law, the Council of State having arranged that the French nationals "
in the name of freedom of movement, should be able to continue to come
Faced with strong criticism from the opposition, Prime Minister Jean Castex defended himself from any inaction, recalling that travelers from Brazil had until then to produce a negative PCR test and isolate themselves for ten days.
Before announcing the next day the strict suspension of flights "
until further notice
" before the National Assembly, arguing that "
the situation is worsening
" on Brazilian lands.