France is set to announce Covid-19 recalls will be made available to all adults, along with stricter rules on wearing face masks and health card checks to curb a new wave infections, two parliamentary sources confirmed Thursday to Reuters.
Health Minister Olivier Véran is due to hold a press conference at 12:30 p.m. Paris time on Thursday.
The health regulator of the Haute Autorité de Santé (HAS) of France has said it supports booster injections against Covid-19 for people aged 18 and over, and that the period between full vaccination and the booster shots should be shortened to five months instead of six.
The HAS mentioned a new spread of the coronavirus which was “stronger than expected”, and that the reproduction rate “R” of 1.35 indicated an “exponential growth” of infections.
On Wednesday, health authorities reported more than 30,000 new infections for the second day in a row, a sequence unseen since the end of April.
The seven-day moving average of daily new cases – which offsets reported irregularities – stands at a three-month high of 21,761 and nearly quadrupled in one month.
The number of people treated in intensive care for Covid-19 is nearly 1,500, a figure last seen at the end of September.
President Emmanuel Macron’s government said on Wednesday it would focus on tighter social distancing rules and a faster recall program and that it wanted to avoid reimposing lockdowns as some other European countries have. made.
PCR testing for the unvaccinated will only be valid for one day – instead of the current 72 hours – and working from home is likely to be recommended when possible.
Boosters will become a condition for a valid health pass, which is required in France to enter restaurants, cafes, cinemas and museums, among other public places.
According to the data available on the website of the Ministry of Health, France has more than 30 million vaccines in stock.
(AXADLETM with REUTERS)