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French Health Minister recommends mask use in public transport

IANS | June 28, 2022 02:44 PM

PARIS: French Minister of Health Brigitte Bourguignon has recommended wearing a face mask in public transport amid a spike in new cases, local media reported.

"I ask the French to put back the mask in transport, " Xinhua news agency quoted the Minister as saying to French radio RTL.

Bourguignon also recommended mask use in closed and crowded areas.

"You only have to see a crowded train station or train to know that first. You have to protect yourself and protect others, " said the Minister.

She said the authorities are considering new measures in light of a resurgence of Covid-19 infections in the country.

The mask madate in public transport was lifted across the country on May 16.

The country's Public Health Agency reported 17, 601 new Covid-19 cases nationwide in the last 24 hours, an increase of 52.2 per cent in seven days.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic in early 2020, France, one of the worst-hit countries in Europe, has reported 30, 678, 541 confirmed Covid-19 cases, with 149, 406 deaths.

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