French Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, has declared that he plans to change the state’s position on the use of “warm recommendation” masks to compulsory after experts have warned that their use is decreasing. days had led to an increase in infection levels in several regions of the country.
In particular, health officials were shocked by the lack of masks and other protective measures during a concert in Nice, in the south of France, over the weekend attended by 5,000 people .
Jean Castex, the new French Prime Minister, also said Sunday that the government “was studying” the idea of making them compulsory “in all closed areas, whatever they are, as a priority”.
France’s R number, reflecting the number of people infected with each infected person, has surpassed the watermark figure of one in most of the country.
Over the weekend, two groups of doctors and epidemiologists called for repression in national newspapers, saying that the French were becoming too lax. “It would be very unfortunate if these effective and accessible methods were not used,” warned the doctors in an open letter published in Le Parisien.
Anne-Claude Crémieux, infection specialist at Saint-Louis hospital in Paris, said that poorly ventilated closed areas posed a risk “because the virus can remain in the air”. “Social distance may therefore be insufficient. The only real protective measure is that everyone wears a mask, ”she told BFMTV.
The warnings came when several regions of Spain, including Rioja, Navarre, Aragon and Andalusia, were to make it compulsory to wear a facial mask indoors and outdoors. Catalonia, the Balearic Islands and Extremadura have already taken similar measures.
However, the Spanish government does not plan to make their use compulsory throughout the country where social distancing can be guaranteed, according to a source from the Ministry of Health. In the rest of the country, masks are only mandatory if you cannot be at least 1.5 meters from people.