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France Considers Making Masks Mandatory Indoors As COVID-19 Cases Rise Again

ADEOLA AJAYI, EKITI

France making a urgent preparation to embark on a making mask mandatory in indoor.

According to the statement of French President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday,
France Considers Making Masks indoor in order to curb the wide spread virus after it spike again.

French President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday that face masks could soon be required in public indoor spaces to curtail the coronavirus outbreak, acknowledging that infections were again on the rise.

His comments, in a television interview marking Bastille Day, came after he oversaw the traditional military ceremony that was drastically downsized because of the pandemic.

“I would like to make masks mandatory in all enclosed public spaces,” Macron said in the interview, a Bastille Day tradition he had shunned since taking office three years ago.

“We have indications that (the outbreak) is accelerating a bit.”

The virus reproduction rate, the “R” ratio, has again risen above one in France, he said, meaning that a single person infected with COVID-19 is likely spreading the disease to others.

While he urge all citizen to obey and
France Considers Making Masks Mandatory Indoors As COVID-19 Cases Rise Again
Agency Report
Updated July 14, 2020
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File: French president Emmanuel Macron takes part in a videoconference with World Health Organization (WHO) general director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at the Elysee Palace on april 8, 2020 in Paris. Ludovic MARIN / POOL / AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday that face masks could soon be required in public indoor spaces to curtail the coronavirus outbreak, acknowledging that infections were again on the rise.

His comments, in a television interview marking Bastille Day, came after he oversaw the traditional military ceremony that was drastically downsized because of the pandemic.

“I would like to make masks mandatory in all enclosed public spaces,” Macron said in the interview, a Bastille Day tradition he had shunned since taking office three years ago.

“We have indications that (the outbreak) is accelerating a bit.”

The virus reproduction rate, the “R” ratio, has again risen above one in France, he said, meaning that a single person infected with COVID-19 is likely spreading the disease to others.

Face masks, which have been mandatory on public transport for months, could be required for entering shops, offices and other indoor spaces from August 1, Macron said.

French President Emmanuel Macron (C) and French Prime Minister Jean Castex both wearing a protective facemask react at the end of the annual Bastille Day military ceremony on the Place de la Concorde in Paris, on July 14, 2020. Ludovic Marin / POOL / AFP
French President Emmanuel Macron (C) and French Prime Minister Jean Castex both wearing a protective facemask react at the end of the annual Bastille Day military ceremony on the Place de la Concorde in Paris, on July 14, 2020. Ludovic Marin / POOL / AFP

Macron’s comments come as doctors have warned of a potential second wave of infections, possibly in the coming weeks, which could again overwhelm hospitals and require new lockdowns that could further hammer the economy.

“I advise everyone listening to us to wear a mask as much as possible when they go out, and especially in an enclosed space,” he said.

Asked whether France had enough masks in case of a new spike in cases, following massive shortages as the outbreak worsened in March, Macron said: “We will be ready.”

“We have secured both the stocks and the supply sources, and we are organised on the ground, to allow us to deal with an upsurge, if it comes,” he said.

He also said the government’s “massive” recovery plan would reach 100 billion euros ($114 billion), on top of more than 460 billion euros spent so far to limit the economic damage of a costly two-month lockdown.

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