France seeks to see summer affected by the virus with caution


PARISA change of season has not deterred health officials from remaining vigilant in France, as the number of COVID-19 infections remains high across the country.

France reported 3,304 more cases on Tuesday, bringing its total number to 248,158.

The death toll rose by 22 to 30,513, while 4,600 patients remain in hospital, including 410 in intensive care, according to the latest figures from the Ministry of Health.

Most large French cities have now reinforced the security measures put in place since the start of the pandemic, in particular the wearing of masks.

Marseille, a seaside resort in the south, is one of the first cities to make it compulsory to wear a mask in public at all times.

The measure applies to everyone over the age of 11 and goes into effect at 11 p.m. (2100GMT) on Wednesday evenings.

Marseille bars, cafes, restaurants and food stores will also have to close every night at 11 p.m. until 6 a.m. (0400GMT) the next morning.

The new laws, which will remain in force until September 30, come as the incidence rate of coronavirus infections in the summer tourist center is five times the national average.

According to Christophe Mirmand, a senior government official in the Bouches-du-Rhône region in which Marseille is located, the challenge is to institute balanced measures.

“The situation is worsening, and therefore requires that preventive measures can be taken into account at the local level in order to be able to avoid a risk of wider spread of the virus”, he told the local news channel France Info.

Currently, there are 292 new cases of coronavirus per 100,000 inhabitants in the Bouches-du-Rhône region.

Jerome Salomon, director of health in France, also issued a statement calling for the continued implementation of preventive measures despite progress in the fight against COVID-19.

“In mainland France, the strong growth transmission dynamic remains worrying; all indicators continue to improve while the number of tests carried out remains constant, ”he said.

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