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France weighs return to masks with hospitalizations up

France weighs return to masks with hospitalizations up

Tourism is booming again in France — and so is COVID-19. French officials have recommended people to go back to using face masks but stopped short of renewing restrictions that would scare visitors away or revive anti government protests.
From Paris commuters to tourists on the French Riviera, many people seem to welcome the government’s light touch, while some worry that required prevention measures may be needed.

Virus-related hospitalizations rose quickly in France over the past two weeks, with nearly 1,000 patients with COVID-19 hospitalized per day, according to government data.

Infections are also rising across Europe and the United States, , but France has an exceptionally high proportion of people in the hospital, according to Our World in Data estimates.

French government spokesperson Olivia Gregoire has said there are no plans to reintroduce national regulations that limit or set conditions for gathering indoors and other activities.

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