Among other measures, a curfew will be re-established in the French territories of Martinique and Réunion.
PCR tests will no longer be free from the fall, unless they are obtained by prescription, Macron said. It is hoped the measure will increase vaccination rates by encouraging people to get vaccinated rather than simply repeating Covid-19 tests.
Shortly after the president’s speech, the French online health portal Doctolib.fr crashed due to too many people trying to make vaccination appointments.
“This summer will be a summer of economic recovery,” he said, adding that the ‘health passport’ – a QR code or certificate proving the holder has a negative Covid-19 test, is fully vaccinated or has recently been recovered. of Covid-19 – will be mandatory in various establishments in France from August, including bars, restaurants, cafes and shopping centers.
France reported 1260 new cases of coronavirus on Monday, July 12. The rate of vaccination has slowed down in the country: France has gone from an average of more than 400,000 injections per day at the end of May to around 165,000 injections per day currently. About 40% of the population received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine, while 53.1% received one.