France has entered the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic with higher rates of infection than in previous phases. This was announced on Monday at a briefing following a meeting of the Council of Ministers at the Elysee Palace, government spokesman Gabriel Attal. His words leads The Parisian.
“We have entered the fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic. The rate of spread of the virus is now higher than at any of the previous stages, he said. – In a week, the number of cases of coronavirus infection has doubled. Now we register about 10 thousand new infections every day ”. According to him, “in 80% of cases of infection we are talking about the” delta “option, which has not spared any region of France.”
A government spokesman noted that “the sanitary situation in the southern department of the Pyrenees-Orientales continues to deteriorate.” According to the data cited by Attal, “at the moment the intensity of the spread of the virus is 345 cases of infection per 100 thousand inhabitants.” In this department, he added, bars and restaurants must now close no later than 23:00 local time.
More than 5.9 million cases of coronavirus infection have been reported in France since the start of the epidemic, according to the latest data. The country is in fourth place in the world in terms of the total number of infected, behind only the United States, India and Brazil. More than 111 thousand inhabitants of France died from the consequences of infection. Over the past day, 20 people have died. In addition, over 10 thousand new infections are detected every day.
According to the Ministry of Health of the republic, more than 36 million people received the first dose of the vaccine. transfers TASS.
The French government has approved a draft law to toughen the fight against COVID-19, which will be submitted to parliament in the coming days, Gabriel Attal said. In particular, the bill provides for the introduction in France of a sanitary pass (vaccination certificate or certificate of negative coronavirus test result) for visiting cafes, restaurants, shopping centers, theaters and museums. The document also provides for the mandatory vaccination of medical workers.
According to the bill, “with a positive test result for COVID-19, a mandatory 10-day quarantine is introduced.” “Compliance will be regularly monitored by the police from 23:00 to 08:00 Paris time,” a government spokesman warned.
He noted that “the police will also check for sanitary passes when visiting bars, restaurants, shopping centers, theaters and concert halls.” The first fine in case of violation will be € 1.5 thousand for an individual. In the event of a relapse, it can increase to € 9,000. For a legal entity, the fine can be € 45 thousand. The most serious violations can be punishable by a year in prison.
An extraordinary session of the French parliament will open on 21 July. It will consider a bill prepared by the government to contain the spread of the Delta strain.
Meanwhile, the restrictions imposed cause an increase in discontent in society. On July 17, about 114 thousand people took part in protests against sanitary measures in France. Demonstrators opposed sanitation passes and vaccinations. The ultra-right politician Florian Filippo urged people to take to the streets. Earlier this month, he announced that he would run for President of France in 2022. notes Interfax.