France registers record Covid numbers but NO New Year’s Eve ban

France registers record Covid numbers but NO New Year's Eve ban
France registers record Covid numbers but NO New Year's Eve ban. image: twitter

France registers record Covid numbers but NO New Year’s Eve ban

Jean Castex, the Prime Minister of France, has today, Monday, December 27, announced a list of new Covid restrictions that will be implemented across the country. This action comes as the Omicron variant is reported as spreading rapidly throughout Europe.

The French government has decided to cut the period between the second vaccine shot and the booster down from four months, to three months. For the next three weeks, indoor events will be limited to a capacity of 2,000, while outdoor events will have a limited capacity of 5,000.

It will also become mandatory, where possible, to work from home at least three days per week. Food and drink will also be banned on long-distance transport, such as trains.


Banning eating and drinking on trains has probably been enforced with the objective of getting people to leave their masks on for longer periods commented Professor Paul Hunter to MailOnline.

‘If people wear face coverings it will reduce the rate of transmission by about 20 percent”, said the epidemiologist at the University of East Anglia. Whether the measure will be effective he said, was ‘uncertain’.

Even though these restrictions come into force immediately in France, there was no attempt to stop the New Year’s Eve celebrations, which are being allowed to go ahead without any curfew being imposed.

A record number of infections were recorded last Saturday 25, with 100,000 new cases, the highest total since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Health officials in France are warning that hospitals could become overrun, with experts are predicting a huge increase by mid-January.

Intensive care units across the country currently have around 3,300 patients in them, a number that is above the 3,000 limit established by the government as a critical threshold, as reported by


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Chris was born in a small village in Wales, where he ran his own successful construction company for many years, before deciding in 1990, to swap the grey skies and rain for the sunshine and lifestyle of the Costa del Sol. Late last year he made the move to Southern Portugal, and is now residing on the Algarve. Having sung and played in a rock band back in Wales, he still likes to go out and entertain in his spare time, singing in restaurants and golf clubs. Interests are of course music, especially from the 60s and 70s, movies, nice restaurants, and he has a passion for graphic design and online marketing.


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