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16 Jul 2020 | 08:09 PM UTC

France: Face masks to be compulsory in indoor public spaces July 16 /update 30

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Face masks compulsory in parts of the Mayenne region from July 16 and all of France from next week; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/16/2020, 12:00 AM until 8/1/2020, 11:59 PM (Europe/Paris). COUNTRY/REGION France

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Event

French authorities announced on Thursday, July 16, that the wearing of face masks in indoor public spaces will be compulsory throughout the country from next week. President Emmanuel Macron had previously announced that the measure would come into force from August 1, but has come under pressure to bring the date forward. The announcement came as face masks were made mandatory with immediate effect in enclosed public spaces in parts of the Mayenne department following a surge in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the region. It was previously only mandatory to wear facemasks in public spaces where social distancing is not possible and on public transport.

As of Thursday, July 16, health authorities have confirmed 210,568 COVID-19 cases with 30,123 associated deaths in the country. Further spread of the virus is expected in the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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