France’s eight-month nightly curfew will end this weekend and rules on wearing masks have been eased following a huge drop in Covid rates.
Prime minister Jean Castex revealed the relaxation as infections fell to around 3,900 cases a day — down from 35,000 during the March/April peak.
The nation has reported 110,563 confirmed virus deaths, one of the highest tolls in Europe. But Mr Castex welcomed the recent ‘very good news’ and said the curfew will end on Sunday, ten days earlier than expected.
Wearing a mask will remain mandatory outdoors in crowded places like street markets and stadiums, he said.
And people are still required to wear one indoors in public spaces, including at work — with the exception of restaurants and bars.
‘We have not known such a low level of virus spreading since last August,’ Mr Castex said, crediting vaccinations for the improvement in all regions.
More than 58% of France’s adult population have received at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose.
And this week the country opened its jabs programmes to 12 to 18-year-olds in a bid to keep a lid on infections as restrictions are gradually eased.
Meanwhile, EU members added the US to the ‘safe’ list of countries from which restrictions on non-essential travel should be lifted.
North Macedonia, Albania, Serbia, Lebanon and Taiwan were also added but the UK was left off amid concerns over the Delta variant.
The list is non-binding so national governments can still welcome Britons if they choose and can impose conditions on tourists from ‘safe’ countries.
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