As infections rise, French prime minister says don’t panic

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While acknowledging that wearing a mask all the time is “a little boring,” Castex urged those protesting the mask requirements “to think of others, of hospital workers, of medical workers, of the vulnerable. … Just because you feel invincible doesn’t mean you can infect others.

Despite the increase in confirmed cases of the virus, the Prime Minister insisted on the fact that France must return to work and school and avoid “falling into an economic and social crisis which would be much more dangerous than the health crisis “.

He also called for a cautious return of cultural venues, pledging € 2 billion to the French cultural industry to help it survive falling revenues for museums, cinemas and other sites. The money will be part of a 100 billion euros ($ 118 billion) economic stimulus package to be unveiled next week.

More than 30,000 people with the virus have died in France.

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