The Prime Minister of France recommends the use of masks in closed spaces


The Prime Minister of France, Elisabeth Borne, has asked the health authorities on Tuesday encourage the use of masks “in crowded places” and “in closed spaces”, especially “on public transport“, given the upsurge in covid cases, the minister announced.

In the evening, French Public Health reported a strong uptick in new caseswhich stood at 147,248, that is, 54% more than a week ago.

Tuesday’s figures are generally higher than those of the previous three days, due to the closure of laboratories and pharmacies on Sunday and to time needed to collect data during the weekend. The health authorities recorded 95,000 cases seven days ago and 35,000 four weeks ago.

Health Recommendation

The Prime Minister, who held a videoconference on Tuesday with the delegates of the departments and the directors of the regional health agencies, collected several of the recommendations formulated on Monday by the Minister of Health, Brigitte Bourguignon.

These “recommendations”, which are not “mandatory” They come at a time when the incidence rate of the epidemic “has doubled in a week in almost all of metropolitan France and in all age groups of the population,” the minister stressed.

Therefore, Elisabeth Borne has requested that “prevention messages are expanded“, with instructions to “wash your hands frequently”, “ventilate closed spaces regularly”, “wear a mask in crowded places, closed spaces and, in particular, on public transport during periods of great influx” and “get tested at the first symptoms and isolate immediately if positive.”

The Prime Minister also asked that everyone “check your vaccination schedule“, especially the French over 60 and the most vulnerable, who “must receive the second booster dose”, that is, their fourth injection. The latter should receive “in the next few days awareness emails” from the Health Insurance said the prime minister.

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At the same time, the executive is working on a new billwhich will be presented and examined in July, aimed at maintaining “a health surveillance and security system” until March 2023.

Currently, Europe is experiencing a seventh wave of covidwhich is largely explained by the immunological escape of the new variants, that is, a strong resistance capacity to the protections induced by vaccination and previous infections.


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