Elisabeth Borne asked the prefects and health authorities on Tuesday to encourage the wearing of masks “in crowded places” and “enclosed spaces”, in particular “public transport”, in the face of the resurgence of Covid-19 cases, said announced Matignon.

In the evening, Public Health France reported a very strong rebound in new cases of contamination, to 147,248, or 54% more than a week ago.

Tuesday’s figures are generally higher than those of the previous three days due to the closure of laboratories and pharmacies on Sundays, and the time needed to collect data over the weekend. Health authorities had counted 95,000 cases seven days ago and 35,000 cases four weeks ago.

The Prime Minister, who brought together prefects of departments and directors of regional health agencies by videoconference on Tuesday, took up several of the recommendations made on Monday by the Minister of Health Brigitte Bourguignon.

“Recommendations”, without “mandatory character” but which intervene when the incidence rate of the epidemic “has doubled in one week on almost all of the metropolitan territory and in all age groups of the population”, underlined Matignon.

Elisabeth Borne therefore called for “amplifying prevention messages”, with instructions to “wash your hands frequently”, “ventilate closed spaces regularly”, “wear a mask in crowded places, closed spaces and in particular public transport during peak periods” and “test yourself at the first symptoms and isolate yourself immediately in the event of positivity”.

The Prime Minister also asked that everyone “check their vaccination schedule”, in particular French people over 60 and the most fragile who “must benefit from the second booster dose”, that is to say their fourth injection. They must also receive “in the coming days awareness emails” from Health Insurance, said Matignon.

At the same time, the executive is working on a new bill, which must be presented and examined in July, aimed at maintaining “a health monitoring and security system” until March 2023.

Europe is currently experiencing a seventh wave of Covid-19, which is largely explained by the immune escape of new variants, i.e. a strong capacity to resist protections induced by vaccination and previous ones. infections.

06/28/2022 20:18:56 –         Paris (AFP) –         © 2022 AFP