The mandate of the French mask includes children from 6 years old

France has lowered the age of its mask mandate to 6-year-olds, officials said on Saturday. The news comes just days before the schools reopen on Monday, after the winter holidays.

While the mandate requires children to wear masks in indoor public places, the mandate will also include outdoor locations in cities like Paris and Lyon where an outside mandate is already in place.

The hugely contagious omicron variant, French authorities said on Saturday, has resulted in four consecutive days of more than 200,000 new infections.

The chief executive of Britain’s National Health Service Confederation told the BBC on Saturday that the rise in the number of omicron-fueled COVID cases could force hospitals to ban visitors.

“It’s a last resort. But, when you’re faced with the kind of pressures that healthcare services are going to take over the next few weeks, that’s the kind of thing managers need to do, ”said Matthew Taylor.

Europe has passed 100 million cases of the coronavirus since the pandemic began almost two years ago, according to data from the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. Globally, nearly 290 million cases have been recorded.

Nearly 5 million cases in Europe have been reported in the past seven days, with 17 of the 52 countries or territories that make up Europe setting new single-day case records thanks to the omicron variant, the omicron variant reported on Saturday. ‘France Media Agency.

More than a million of these cases have been reported in France, which has joined the United States, India, Brazil, Britain and Russia in becoming the sixth country to confirm more than 10 million cases since the onset of the pandemic, Reuters reported.

The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center announced Sunday morning that it had recorded 289.3 million cases of COVID worldwide and 5.4 million deaths.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters, Agence France-Presse and The Associated Press.

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