Wearing a mask outdoors compulsory in Paris from Friday

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Wearing masks even outdoors will be mandatory in Paris from Friday, French authorities said, as the country struggles to cope with a wave of Omicron. France is the European leader in new infections, with a record 208,000 new confirmed cases in the past 24 hours on Wednesday.

That figure was preceded by a previous daily record of 180,000 new cases on Tuesday.

“I would no longer call Omicron a wave, I would call it a tidal wave,” French Health Minister Olivier Vérantold said on Wednesday.

“Considering the numbers that we have seen in the last few days, we are talking about a landslide.”

Véran said that at the current rate, two people in France test positive for Covid-19 every second, noting that the situation in hospitals was worrying.

Paris had previously imposed the wearing of the mask outside in August 2020.

Beyond France, a record number of new cases were recorded on Tuesday and Wednesday in Britain, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus and Malta while the average number of daily cases of Covid-19 in the United States has hit a record 265,000, according to John Hopkins. University. The previous US record was 250,000 cases per day, set in mid-January.

(AXADLETM with AFP)

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