Given the presence of new COVID-19 infections in France, the face mask is now compulsory in all closed public spaces. Although they were already a requirement for all public transport as of Monday, they are a must in shops and stores.
Oliver Veran, the health minister warned that the country had between 400 and 500 active clusters of the virus.
Although President Emmanuel Macron announced to have won over the virus in June, which followed by the end of the national state of emergency, this has never reflected the end of the highly contagious virus in the country and the outbreak continued to spread among citizens. The northwest and east of the country have registered an increasing number of cases.
France was one of the most hit-hard European countries, with over 174,674 cases and 30,152 deaths confirmed according to worldometer.
And in all closed public spaces such as shops, where the owner could previously decide whether his customer would have a face mask or not, this is now mandatory. Even those who are found in these public places with no face covering are fined approximately $154.
It started in Mayenne when the authorities asked for face wear to be worn last week as the department’s cases skyrocketed.
The Health Service Santé Publique France warned Mayenne after crossing the alarm threshold of 50 new infections per 100,000 people in one week. Across France, there are about 10 per 100,000 people.
Other places in the country are also concern by the authorities. Brittany in northwestern France has an infection rate of 2.6 which implies that every infected person is infecting almost three others. The eastern department of the Vosges also has an increasing number of cases, while the infection rate in Nice and Marseille is reported to be 1.55.
Mr. Véran intended to voyage to Mayenne. While France is very far from a second wave, he said there are worrying signs of the epidemic resuming. He said that they had to remain vigilant and found that people had grown tired of the restrictions and wanted to return to normal life. He added that all options are on the table, including regional locks or even the return of national locks when local outbreaks worsen.
Overall, the outbreak is largely under control throughout France. However, several public health officials have cautioned of a likely second wave, and the government has started storing hundreds of millions of masks.
Although countries had loosened restrictions to curb the spread of the virus, many across Europe have involuntarily imposed local lockdowns or even reapplied national lockdowns as infections have increased again.
Jean Castex, the Prime Minister said France could shut down its border with Spain due to the increasing number of local outbreaks.
Infections are also increasing across the Balkans. Bosnia and Herzegovina registered about 300 new infections on Sunday, and several politicians have contracted the virus, including former President Dragan Covic. Serbia, Albania, and Montenegro have also seen strong increases in confirmed cases.
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