The Government of France has updated this Thursday the measures to combat the new wave of coronavirus cases, for which it has promised to advance the vaccination campaign, with booster doses for all citizens over 18 years of age, and also make the mask mandatory in all closed public places, regardless of whether the COVID passport is required to access.
The Gallic Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, has appeared before the media to reel off the battery of measures that his Government had already been anticipating for days. “We believe that we cannot overcome this wave without resorting to more restrictive tools”, He wielded, a day after the health authorities notified more than 32,500 new cases in 24 hours.
The mask will once again be mandatory in all enclosed spaces and, at the local level, its use in the street can also be extended if it is considered necessary. Too COVID passport controls will be expanded, which for example will be required to access the Christmas markets that they open for the next parties.
Obtaining said passport will also suffer variations, since the antigen or PCR tests that the unvaccinated must attach will only be valid for 24 hours, instead of the current 72, and as of January 15, it will contemplate the booster dose, which will become available to all citizens residing in France over 18 years of age as long as they have passed five months since the last injection.
“We will open, reopen or amplify the existing vaccination centers starting this weekend”Has announced Véran, who has defended the importance of advancing in this campaign. “Early 2022″, It is foreseeable that children between the ages of 5 and 11 can begin to be vaccinated, such as The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has endorsed this Thursday for the case of the drug developed by Pfizer and BioNTech.
The minister has assured that, if he does not have this “Important vaccination coverage”, France would face this new spike in infections in a considerably worse situation, insofar as the unvaccinated have “ten times more” possibilities of entering a hospital if they contract COVID-19 than those who have already completed the established pattern.
Véran has ruled out the need for a new confinement, mobility restrictions or a curfew, Alluding to measures that were applied in previous waves.
(With information from Europa Press)