Covid-19 contaminations continue to increase in France, approaching 11,000 new cases, Saturday July 17, under the effect of the Delta variant, while hospitalizations continue their slight decrease, according to Public Health figures France.

A total of 10,949 people tested positive for the virus within 24 hours. On Friday, this figure had risen above the 10,000 mark for the first time since the end of May. Figures that have pushed the President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, to take strong measures, the details of which are given by his ministers

  • Health pass: only large shopping centers will be affected

The Euralille shopping center, in Lille, in the north of France, on October 30, 2014

Only shopping centers with an area greater than 20,000 square meters will be affected by the application of the health pass, announced the Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, in the Sunday newspaper.

“Business leaders have concerns, I want to reassure them: we will show understanding. We are therefore proposing that only the largest shopping centers, with an area greater than 20,000 square meters, are concerned ”, said the minister.

“The health pass should not affect the turnover of the sectors concerned, which we also continue to support throughout the summer thanks to the solidarity fund. Presenting a QR code only takes a few seconds and it protects against the risk of contamination ”, continued the minister. Regarding sanctions, “It would be unfair for those who respect the rules and who will have the health pass checked at the entrance to their establishment to be penalized by those who do not respect these rules”, he stressed.

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“Sanctions must be dissuasive, they must not be excessive. It will be up to parliamentarians to debate it on the basis of the government’s proposal and the bill that will be presented tomorrow in the Council of Ministers. We have always clearly indicated that those who do not respect the rules will no longer be eligible for the solidarity fund ”, said the Minister of the Economy. A week after Emmanuel Macron’s announcements, the bill must be adopted on Monday in the Council of Ministers.

  • 8,000 spectators return to a stadium in Lyon for a test night

Lyon center Rayan Cherki, center, faces Wolfsburg during the friendly match in Déclines near Lyon, July 17, 2021.

Eight thousand spectators attended on Saturday at the Groupama stadium in Décines-Charpieu (Lyon metropolitan area) two friendly matches, OL-Villefranche and OL-Wolsfburg, which were used to test the device aimed at welcoming the public now equipped with the famous health pass.

“It was a test night. We organized this match for that ”, explained OL stadium manager Xavier Pierrot. Of the 8,000 spectators, only 300 posed a problem, 200 of which were resolved quickly, their TousAntiCovid application not being updated in particular. “About a hundred had to undergo antigenic tests that we had planned and which enabled us to detect a positive case for a person whom we did not let in”, he continued.

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At the same time, the vaccination center, set up at the stadium since the beginning of May, has allowed a hundred people to be vaccinated between 6.30 p.m. and 9 p.m., times of the two kick-offs. “This evening was important for OL even if we would have liked to have more than 8,000 people. We were able to take back our brands ”, “Train the agents” and “Educate the public”, finally welcomed ” in good conditions “, rejoiced Mr. Pierrot.

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