French Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne wants people using public transport and in other crowded spaces, to start wearing face masks again.
She believes it may help prevent another outbreak of covid.
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On Tuesday Borne warned that France is facing a “triple epidemic” of the seasonal flu, bronchiolitis, and covid that is threatening to put heavy strains on the public healthcare system.
She has also urged the public to take a Covid-19 vaccine, noting that they are still freely available in France.
She called on the public to show an “act of solidarity” with healthcare workers by putting on masks “as soon as we are in an enclosed space where there are many.”
“When we have to be with the family, we must respect barrier gestures and vaccination, that’s how we help caregivers,” Borne added.
As of Sunday, there were 37,264 new cases reported in France, a decline of 19.7 per cent from the previous week. There has also been a decline for positive test results, with just 28.66 out of every 100 tests given coming back positive, a 26.88 per cent drop since the previous week.
Yet at the same time hospitalisations have actually risen, with 24,173 people in the hospital as a result of the Wuhan virus as of December 16th, an increase of 9.57 per cent over the previous week. Intensive care cases also rose, up 17.35 per cent, with 1,393 people being treated as such.
There has been some movement towards bringing back masks as a means of confronting the virus, with L.A. county in the United States urging residents last month to once again don the face covering. While the local left-wing government has previously threatened a possible return of mandates should infection rates reach a “high” threshold within the community, it has yet to do so.
In contrast, last week, the United Kingdom actually eased rules on wearing masks in care homes. Previously, the government mandated that masks be worn at all times in care homes, but now they will be given the option to “utilise their own skills and knowledge on appropriate measures.”