The COVID Green Pass is a digital or paper certificate that shows whether someone has received at least one jab, tested negative, or recently recovered from COVID-19.
Health Minister Roberto Speranza told reporters that it would be necessary in many situations, including entering sports stadiums, gymnasiums, museums and trade fairs. We should also be able to eat inside in restaurants.
THE HEALTH PASS SPARKS EVENTS IN FRANCE
Hundreds of people demonstrated in Paris on Wednesday against the introduction of a health pass for certain activities and against mandatory vaccinations for health workers as the government seeks to curb a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections in France .
From Wednesday, visitors to museums, cinemas or swimming pools in France will be refused entry if they cannot produce the health passport certifying that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or have had a recent negative test.
Some of the protesters held up banners that read “Freedom to Choose” and “Hands Off My Natural Immunity!” “
Thousands of people demonstrate in France against COVID-19 vaccinations and pass
“They want to force us to get vaccinated at all costs. No, no, no, ”Nathalie Labedade, a nursing home worker, told Reuters.
The health pass, previously only required for major festivals or clubbing, will also be needed from early August to enter restaurants and bars and for long-distance train and plane journeys.
At the Louvre in Paris, security chief Servane de Landsheer said the first morning of the health card check went well, with most visitors having the document and those who did not accept. to take a quick COVID test.
“I was really angry… I had no idea,” said Nelly Breton, 51, after being turned away from the Louvre because not enough time had passed since her vaccination for her pass to be valid.
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“But then I calmed down and understood there were health reasons,” she said, adding that she would now look for a pharmacy to get a quick COVID test.
The Delta variant, highly contagious, now dominant in France, stricter measures are essential and new confinements can not be excluded, Prime Minister Jean Castex said on TF1 television, adding that vaccination was the only way out of crisis.
The introduction of the health pass – a QR code on your smartphone or on a piece of paper – is part of a far-reaching bill that Parliament will vote on this week.
The bill introduces some of Europe’s toughest anti-COVID measures, including mandatory vaccination for health workers and 10 days of self-isolation for those who test positive.
The sharp rise in infections makes the bill necessary, according to the government. Health Minister Olivier Veran said some 21,000 new cases of COVID had been recorded in the past 24 hours, up from around 4,000 new cases per day in early July.
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Some 96% of people who tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday had not been vaccinated, Castex said, adding that he hoped the number of people receiving their first vaccine would reach 50 million by the end of August, out of a population total of 67 million. The figure stood at around 38.1 million on Tuesday.
The new health pass, in particular, has proven to be extremely controversial. More than 100,000 people took part in rallies across France last weekend against a pass they said violates their freedoms. Other demonstrations are expected in the coming days.
Police sources fear the rallies could escalate into the kind of large-scale protests organized by the anti-government ‘yellow vests’ movement, which caused major disruption for about two years before being held back by COVID lockdowns.
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Holders of the health pass can remove their masks once inside – in a relaxation of precautions criticized by epidemiologists – unless local authorities or the company itself decide otherwise.
Companies that do not verify that their customers have the health pass could potentially be fined several thousand euros, but the government has said there will be a grace period, to give everyone time to s ‘adapt to the new system.
Regional prefects will be able to take additional measures on a case-by-case basis, such as forcing businesses to close earlier than usual or forcing the wearing of face masks outside – as has happened in recent days in the areas with strong infection.
(Reporting by Giuseppe Fonte; Editing by Crispian Balmer. Reporting by Clotaire Achi, Emilie Delwarde, Matthias Blamont, Sudip Kar-Gupta, Ingrid Melander, Matthieu Protard, Claude Chendjou, written by Ingrid Melander and Matthieu Protard Editing by Gareth Jones)
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