Paris Gets Outdoors Mask Mandate Amid “Tidal Wave”

France 24 reports:

Wearing masks even outdoors will be mandatory in Paris starting on Friday, French authorities have announced, as the country struggles to come to grips with an Omicron surge. France is leading Europe in new infections, with a record 208,000 new cases confirmed over the previous 24 hours on Wednesday.

That figure was preceded by a previous daily record of 180,000 new cases on Tuesday. “I wouldn’t call Omicron a wave anymore, I would call it a tidal wave,” French Health Minister Olivier Véran [photo] told lawmakers on Wednesday. Véran said that at the current rate, two people in France test positive for Covid-19 every second.

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