For Christmas, French people expect barrier gestures to be respected less than last year, according to a survey
Despite Omicron, the French are preparing for more “normal” holidays than last year. They are 9 out of 10 who plan to have dinner or lunch with their family on Christmas Day, According to an Odoxa / Backbone consultant survey to le Figaro – That’s 8 points more than last year.
Compliance with some recommendations of the authorities in the event of a free fall: only 48% of the French expect to be reunited with fewer people than usual birthdays (-22 points), 42% respect a social distance of at least 1 meter (- 21 points) and 27% wear A mask (-10 points). Nearly one in four French (24%), however, planned to be tested.
Masks become mandatory again outdoors in Spain and Greece
Against Omicron, some European countries are tightening the screw. In Spain, wearing a mask outdoors becomes mandatory again from Friday. And the Catalan authorities (Northeast) managed since Thursday evening to impose a curfew from 1 am to 6 am in most of the region.
In Greece, mask-wearing indoors and outdoors is also mandatory from this Friday until January 2. “There is a lot of movement during the festive season and large crowds are gathering outside,” Health Minister Thanos Plifris said.
In Italy, a surgical mask will also become mandatory abroad, the government announced Thursday, without specifying a date.
Preliminary studies indicate a lower risk of hospitalization with Omicron
In the face of the surge in the Omicron variant, there is little hope: The first studies from South Africa, Scotland and England show that this new variant appears to cause fewer hospitalizations than Delta, the majority to date.
According to the NHS, patients with the new variant have up to a 70% lower risk of hospitalization.
Pollution record in France
Hello everyone and welcome to this new live broadcast dedicated to the evolution of the health situation. Covid-19 infections escalate around the world just before Christmas: More than 90,000 new cases were recorded in 24 hours in France on Thursday, an absolute record in the country since the start of the pandemic.
Pour l’instant, les autorités misent davantage sur la vaccination que sur de nouvelles measures restrictives: End of year.
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