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The French health minister predicts the end of the outdoor mask for the summer

French Health Minister Olivier Véran has cited summer as a possible deadline for the end of the mandatory outdoor use of masks, despite having urged not to lower our guard and “not to relax too quickly”.

Véran has confirmed that the coronavirus infections appear to be a little more controlled, but has advocated the deadlines for a de-escalation, which took its first steps on Monday, with the end of the 10-kilometer limit for mobility and the resumption of classes in non-accelerating secondary and higher education centers.

The country, which has seen more than 5.6 million cases and 105,000 deaths since the emergency began, is closely monitoring the evolution of vaccination, a campaign of which Véran himself has recognized that the outlook depends on the duration.

The French health minister predicts the end of the outdoor mask for the summer
The French health minister predicts the end of the outdoor mask for the summer

In statements to Europa 1, the minister stressed that vaccination appears to protect against the most serious forms of coronavirus and that it is possible to consider “lowering your guard” after immunizing a significant part of the population.

With that in mind, and although he has indicated that “no date can be given” today, he has argued that the government will “immediately” lift measures that can be waived, including the use of a mask. “I sincerely hope it’s this summer,” he added.

The head of health has appealed to the theses of “more and more specialists” who point out that the infection rates abroad would be “very low” and would amount to “between 0.5 and 5 percent” of the cases. Criteria that could be considered in this new scenario could include distance, duration of exposure to another person, and the intensity of that exposure.

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