almost completely back to normal France. The French Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, announced the end of forced labor this Wednesday. mask in public transport. It was one of the last measures taken to stop covid-19, which is still in effect in the neighboring country and will cease to be implemented as of May 16.
“The epidemic situation has improved. This the pandemic is not over yet“But the number of new daily diagnoses is dwindling and we think the reality of maintaining this requirement is no longer adapted to the current situation.”
Since mid-March, the French administration had lifted most restrictions to combat the coronavirus, such as the requirement for a vaccination passport or the mandatory use of masks in shops or offices. Metro, buses, trains or planes, along with hospitals and medical centers, represented a few places that remained mandatory in recent months.
Mandatory mask in hospitals
From next Monday, there will be no need for masks in all these public transport vehicles. However will continue to recommend wearingAs the minister remembers. The only places where it will continue to be needed will be hospitals and other medical fields. This announcement represents an almost return to normal life, two years after the coronavirus shook Europe and the rest of the world. However, if health centers wish to visit a sick relative (such as those who have been vaccinated or have recently tested negative), the requirement to have a covid-19 certificate remains. Anyone who has contracted the virus should also respect a week’s isolation.
With most restrictions lifted in mid-March, France saw a significant spike in infections early last month. This led to a daily peak of 150,000 positives. However, officials thought that this wave, which is also related to the BA.2 sub-variant of omicron, had been overcome since mid-April. In recent weeks this development has been confirmed and for example this Tuesday 48,584 cases have been recorded and 117 people died.
more than that 80% of French people received at least two doses of the vaccine Although 40% of those vaccinated against Covid-19 did not inject the third dose. Since mid-March, those over the age of 60 can receive a fourth injection of the immunization. Véran spoke this Wednesday about the possibility of promoting a new campaign for seniors on the fifth dose, which will begin next fall. However, he did not provide further details and stated that this will depend on the evolution of the coronavirus and its new variants.