France has recorded over 200,000 Covid cases in the past 24 hours, with the seventh wave building pace ahead of the start of the school summer holidays tomorrow (July 7).
Newly appointed French Health Minister François Braun (an emergency services doctor) has recommended that people wear a mask in crowded places and on public transport. This is not yet a government requirement although the Nice mayor is making mask-wearing obligatory on all local transport from Monday, July 11.
“The Omicron B4.4 and BA.5 sub-variants, which are now the majority strains, are causing a nationwide epidemic resurgence,” Mr Braun said during a parliamentary discussion on health monitoring and safety on Tuesday.
He said that France has been averaging around 120,000 new cases each day since the end of June.
The government is already preparing to prolong the requirement for travellers to present a Covid health pass when entering France, which is currently set to end on July 31.
Other Covid measures are likely to be reviewed in the coming week and could include extending the use of France’s Covid test database SI-DEP and its system of alerting the close contacts of people with Covid and creating a new committee to monitor and anticipate health risks.