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France is facing an increase in Covid-19 cases that are believed to be fuelled by new variants.

During the past 24 hours, 17 601 new infections were reported. It’s the highest figure since 18 April.

The French people have been asked to wear masks again in crowded public areas. This includes public transport to help tackle the new wave.

Sky News reports that French health minister Brigitte Bourguignon said it was people’s “civic duty” to wear face coverings in enclosed spaces, such as public transport, workplaces and shops.

“I’m not saying it should be mandatory but I do ask the French people to put the mask on in public transport.”

“I’m not merely advising it, I’m asking for it.”

New infections in France have been increasing at a steady pace. The seven-day moving average of daily new cases has more than quadrupled from 17 705 on 27 May to 71 018 on 27 June, a mere month later.

France isn’t the only European country to be hit by a new Covid-19 wave.

The number of people in England’s hospitals who have tested positive for Covid-19 jumped by more than a third in a week. Luckily, the number is still five times lower than the 366 179 that was recorded at the start of 2022.

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