July 28, 2021

France ends mask abroad and curfew

“The curfew at 23:00, which should apply until June 30, should end as of this Sunday, six days before the scheduled date”, said the prime minister today after the Council of Ministers that took place this morning.

The two decisions follow several consecutive weeks of a decrease in new cases and serious cases of Covid-19 in French hospitals.

In recent days, several wild parties after the curfew have led authorities to disperse groups of hundreds of young people in large cities.

“We are living in an important moment, a happy moment, a moment of returning to normal life”, declared Jean Castex.

The obligation to use a mask outside will end on Thursday, but the mask remains mandatory inside all enclosed spaces.

The prime minister also asked the French to get vaccinated, after authorities had shortened the waiting period between the first and second doses of vaccine to three weeks. Also young people between 12 and 17 years old can already be vaccinated.

110,563 people have died in France since the start of the pandemic and 5,744,589 cases have been detected.

The covid-19 pandemic caused at least 3,813,994 deaths in the world, resulting from more than 176.1 million cases of infection, according to a balance made by the French agency AFP.

In Portugal, 17,047 people died out of 858,072 confirmed cases of infection, according to the latest bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.

The disease is transmitted by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, detected in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China.

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