France is ready to announce new measures throughout the subsequent two weeks to stem the unfold of Covid-19 within the office, the employment minister, Elisabeth Borne, mentioned on Sunday after Paris and Marseille have been declared “purple zones” and the nation recorded one other new excessive in post-lockdown infections.
Borne instructed the Journal du Dimanche newspaper that the federal government would seek the advice of with trades union subsequent week on the measures, that are prone to embody masks being made obligatory in collective areas and assembly rooms with no pure air flow, however not essentially in particular person workplaces.
The minister additionally mentioned dwelling working ought to be the norm at any time when potential in areas of the nation the place the virus is spreading actively, and that she can be consulting the general public well being authority on its suggestions for open-plan workplaces, together with the set up of plexiglass screens between staff.
The capital and the Bouches-du-Rhone département have each been classed as zones the place the the coronavirus was “actively circulating”, an administrative measure that can permit authorities prefects to impose new restrictions as they deem obligatory.
Paris on Saturday expanded the components of the town the place masks are actually compulsory within the open air, including well-liked vacationer areas such because the zone across the Eiffel tower and the Louvre to its checklist of busy purchasing streets, open air markets and nightlife areas introduced on Monday.
Marseille, too, added extra necessary masks zones. It’s now obligatory to cowl your nostril and mouth in public within the busiest areas of a number of French cities the place bodily distancing is troublesome, together with Good, Rennes, Lille, La Rochelle, Lyon and Bordeaux,
The French nationwide well being company Santé publique France on Saturday reported 3,310 new infections within the earlier 24 hours, one other document for the reason that nation emerged from lockdown in mid-Might.
It mentioned some, however not all, of the rise was on account of massively elevated testing, warning that the proportion of constructive checks was growing steadily.
The Netherlands, in the meantime, added Paris and the Bouches-du-Rhone space, Brussels, Madrid and a number of other Spanish areas to its orange advisory checklist, warning in opposition to all however important journey and demanding that individuals returning go into quarantine for 14 days.
Britain can also be on the checklist due to the 14-day quarantine it has imposed on travellers from the Netherlands, however these getting back from the UK usually are not required to quarantine after they get dwelling.
Greater than 650 individuals examined constructive for coronavirus within the Netherlands within the 24 hours to Saturday, bringing the nation’s newest weekly complete to 4,508, greater than 1,000 greater than the earlier week.