In France, wearing a mask is no longer mandatory as of this Thursday and the curfew ends earlier than scheduled, on June 20, according to French Prime Minister Jean Castex.
“We are going to withdraw the general obligation to wear a mask outdoors. It will not be mandatory, except in some circumstances. The decrees will be modified from tomorrow,” he said at a press conference.
Castex advocated that the rate of vaccination does not decline and found that the level of virus circulation is the lowest since August 2020.
In his appearance at the end of the Council of Ministers, he explained that the curfew, which has been in force for 7 and a half months, will end ten days before the government plan. It will be June 20 and not 30.
With 16.5 million vaccinated on the full schedule (just over a fifth of the population), the prime minister urged further acceleration of the rate of injections. According to the latest available data, there were 678,535 injected between June 14 and 15.
“We have to give everything in the next few weeks. By the end of August we must reach 40 million vaccinated with at least one dose (currently there are 30.7) and 35 million with the full schedule,” he said.
The face masks, which the French have been compulsory for more than seven months, will remain mandatory in closed places and in certain situations, such as in queues or crowds, the prime minister said.
Parallel to the fall in infections (less than 5,000 a day) and deaths (less than 100), the president recalled the decrease in hospitalized in ICUs due to COVID. Currently, they are a little less than 2,000, when at the end of April they reached 6,000.