COVID-19: France lifts lockdown restrictions early, starting with national curfew

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COVID-19: France lifts lockdown restrictions early, starting with national curfew


France is starting to ease its COVID-19 restrictions earlier than expected, starting with the lifting of the curfew in place since 2020.

The country’s prime minister said the nationwide nighttime curfew, which has been in place late last year, will now end on June 20 – 10 days earlier.

He added that soon face masks will no longer be needed outdoors, as daily coronavirus infections are declining faster than expected.

Speaking at a press conference, Prime Minister Jean Castex said: “We are on the right track – continue our efforts.

“The health situation is improving faster than expected, everywhere in mainland France. “

Last week, restaurants, cafes and bars across the country were able to open for the first time in seven months.

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In the UK, a plan to lift all COVID-19[feminine[feminine restrictions were pushed back from June 21 to July 19 due to the increase in cases of the Delta (Indian) variant, which now accounts for 91% of all new infections.

However, French Health Minister Olivier Veran said the most transmissible variant only accounted for between 2% and 4% of confirmed cases in France.

He warned that if the Delta variant becomes dominant in the country, it could lead to another wave of infections.

The latest data from Johns Hopkins University shows that France has recorded 5,806,418 cases of COVID, 110,692 virus-related deaths and has administered 44,304,266 doses of the vaccine.

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