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DIRECT – Coronavirus: the mask becomes mandatory in transport for over 6 years


France is facing a surge of Covid-19, pushing the government to take new measures, in particular on the vaccination pass, teleworking, or even wearing a mask outdoors. Follow all the news related to the pandemic.

3:24 p.m.

British Minister of Health Sajid Javid said on Saturday that new restrictions would only intervene “as a last resort” in England despite a surge of Omicron cases, believing that it was necessary to learn to “live with” the coronavirus .

The United Kingdom, one of the most affected countries with more than 148,600 deaths from the pandemic, records contamination records every day (more than 189,000 in 24 hours on Friday). Hospitalizations are also on the rise, even if the authorities stress for the moment that the Omicron variant seems to cause less severe forms than the Delta.

12:30 p.m.

In France, wearing a mask will be compulsory from 6 years old from Monday January 3 in transport and for trips to restaurants, according to a decree published this Saturday January 1 in the Official Journal.

This obligation – which until now concerned children from 11 years old – will apply in public transport, boats, planes, and vehicles (including taxis and VTC), as well as in train stations, public transport stations. and terminals, according to the decree.


“Around 500 vehicles and 1,500 people illegally occupy the exterior part of an industrial site […] towards the industrial zone of Saint-Florentin, in Migennes ”, thus communicated the prefecture of Yonne this Saturday, January 1, announcing that an“ important device of gendarmerie [était] in place to secure the surroundings of the site ”.

An investigation for “unlawful organization of a festive musical gathering” could be opened, at the request of the prefect of Yonne, in conjunction with the public prosecutor.

A security perimeter has already been installed, and alcohol and narcotics checks are underway, according to the prefecture, which strongly condemns “undeclared” gatherings, which occur in the midst of a pandemic.


The symbolic milestone of the million daily cases of coronavirus in the world was crossed in the last hours of the year 2021, after the emergence of the Omicron variant, which is particularly contagious.

Officially, more than 5.4 million people have died since the virus was first identified in China in December 2019.

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