“The epidemic situation is improving, the pandemic is not over but the number of new diagnoses daily is decreasing and we consider thatit is no longer appropriate to maintain this obligation to wear a mask in public transport, from Monday May 16”, declared the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran. It nevertheless remains “recommended” to continue to fight against Covid-19.
Covid-19: wearing a mask remains compulsory in hospitals
If the French will be able to see faces without a mask on the bus or the metro, this new measure will not apply to hospitals. “We maintain the other management measures in force”, explained Olivier Véran. The vaccination pass therefore also remains compulsory for going to a hospital or nursing home, “until at least this summer”.
Sars-CoV-2: should we fear the arrival of a new variant for the fall?
The drop in contamination continues in France, according to Public Health France, with as of May 10, 2022, a 15.8% drop in contamination recorded over the last seven days. But according to Jean-François Delfraissy, president of the Scientific Council, the end of the pandemic is not yet in the news. “We are going to be reasonably optimistic about the months and weeks to come for France and Europe, with a spring that is likely to go well,” he explained to France Info last Friday, adding however that on a global scale, “the pandemic is not over. We will have a return of a variant of this virus in the fall.”
The scientist explained that the wave linked to the BA.2 variant should end by the end of May, with figures that will be around 5,000 to 10,000 contaminations per day, against 40,000 at the moment. But he recalls “that it was at this level where we were last year, where everyone was very reassured also in May, and where unfortunately a Delta variant arrived at the beginning of June”. We can therefore “expect the appearance of a new variant, not immediately, we rather estimate it at the start of the school year, but it happens that it will arrive before”.
Since the start of the pandemic in the spring of 2020, Public Health France has identified 146,979 deaths from Covid-19 in France.