The masks will be mandatory outdoors in French cities such as Paris, Lyon and Dijon on Friday, such as France it is once again preparing for the New Years celebrations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new measure is just one of several new restrictions implemented to slow the spread of the Omicron variant.
The country reported 206,243 new confirmed coronavirus cases in a 24-hour period on Thursday, a count higher than 200,000 for the second day in a row. The record of 208,099 was set the day before.
The French government has urged people to be cautious during the celebrations, and although the fireworks and New Year’s concert in Paris have been canceled, authorities said there will be no curfew.
“My New Years Eve will not be particularly affected by the COVID health restrictions as I will see some friends. On the contrary, my studies will be affected as we have to go back to distance education at my school. I did not take In the Last period of restrictions I also had a bit of depression, so I hope this year it affects me less ”, revealed the French student Timothée Pujol.
Meanwhile in Germany, the government banned the sale of fireworks after seeing its own boxes of Omicron rise above 3,000 recently. The New Year’s Eve celebrations had previously been canceled.
In England, the National Health Service is building temporary structures at hospitals across the country to prepare for a potential surge in COVID-19 patients as Omicron fuels a new wave of infections.
The UK reported 189,213 new cases on Thursday, breaking Wednesday’s record of 183,037 positive tests.
The country is affected by a shortage of tests, such as Welsh helps England with four million tests amid fears that New Year’s celebrations will become a breeding ground for the virus.
New cases of coronavirus were also increasing by Spainas the country reached the 10th daily record, with an unprecedented 161,688 new confirmed infections.
Hundreds of people took to the streets of Barcelona on Thursday to protest against restrictions imposed by the central government, as Spain struggles to curb the recent increase in COVID-19 cases.
The protesters marched in the city center before ending at the Plaza Arc de Triomf where an impromptu rave party was held without people wearing face masks.
After France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom, Italy It was just another European country that hit another record 126,888 new cases on Thursday, a 30% increase over the previous day, when the previous record was reached.
“What I find shocking is that, yes, there are people who are here because they had close contact with someone positive or they themselves had COVID, but most of the people in line are only here for New Years Eve, to go from party, “said Livia Del Nero, a resident of Rome, as she stood in line to get tested before the celebrations.
In Eastern Europe, the number of people dying from COVID has reached 1 million, according to Russia it surpassed Brazil to become the second country with the highest number of deaths behind the United States.