Workplaces are the main source of virus clusters in France, doctor says

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FILE PHOTO: A board with information on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is seen in the La Defense financial and business district near Paris, France March 13, 2020. REUTERS / Gonzalo Fuentes / File Photo

PARIS (Reuters) – Workplaces are the main clusters of coronavirus infection in France and companies should have staff working from home as much as possible after the August holidays, one of France’s top experts said on Thursday coronaviruses.

Weekly data from the Ministry of Health shows that since May 9, private and public companies have accounted for 22% of the 609 clusters of infection. Almost a third of these clusters are currently under investigation by health authorities.

The data – which excludes nursing homes and single families – also showed that healthcare facilities accounted for 16% of all clusters and extended families 14%.

Prisons and public transport, including trains and planes, made up only one percent of clusters and schools and universities only 4%.

“Since companies have the highest rate of clusters of viral infections, we should make it mandatory to wear masks in all confined spaces, including private companies,” said Eric Caumes, head of infectious diseases. at the Paris La Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital, on Franceinfo radio.

Whenever possible, companies should continue to require their staff to work from home, he said.

“Telecommuting is reasonable,” he said. “It is important to prevent infection between colleagues.”

Report by Geert De Clercq; Editing by Nick Macfie

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