5:50 am: France on the way to 100,000 daily contaminations?
On the eve of Christmas Eve in the midst of the fifth epidemic wave, France recorded a new absolute record for Covid contamination on Thursday, while the announced wave of the Omicron variant begins to spread over the country.
The end of year celebrations will therefore finally take place under this new threat.
If the majority of patients are still affected by the Delta variant, scientists and government believe that Omicron, already in the majority in Ile-de-France, will quickly gain the entire territory.
“We will very likely exceed 100,000 contaminations per day by the end of the month”, or even before, estimated the Minister of Health Olivier Véran. However, he noted that where Omicron “circulates a lot, for the moment, it does not lead to waves of hospitalizations”.
5:47 am: Like Spain, Italy makes the mask compulsory outdoors
The Italian government decided on Thursday to make it compulsory to wear the surgical mask outside throughout Italy. He did not say from what date this measure would be applied, but added that the mask providing superior protection, the FFP2, would become compulsory for going to the cinema, the theater, sporting events or on public transport. , buses, coaches, planes or ships.
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