While the authorities announced on Wednesday that wearing a mask would no longer be compulsory from next week on public transport, Olivier Véran believes that the pandemic is under control.
Asked about BFMTV this Thursday, the Minister of Health justifies: “We know the risks, we are collectively protected against this wave of Omicron variant that we have faced with a minimum of health damage (…) We put braking measures when we have to, and we gradually raise them as the contamination decreases ”.
He nevertheless specifies that the mask remained “recommended”, “for all people who consider themselves threatened by the virus”.
Olivier Véran has also not ruled out a return to wearing a compulsory mask in the event of a rebound in the epidemic.
While specifying that the mask remained “recommended”, “for all people who consider themselves threatened by the virus”.
“There will be other variants that will appear”
"Of course it can happen," he said.
But if I listen to the specialists, there will be other variants that will appear, first cousins of Omicron, that is to say that our collective protection would remain strong”
The daily average of new contaminations over seven days, which smoothes the variations, stood at 40,299 on Wednesday, against 47,925 the previous Wednesday.
A drop which is also confirmed in the hospital since 20,152 Covid patients were hospitalized, against 22,319 a week earlier.
Covid-19: end of the mandatory mask in transport next Monday
Alongside health considerations, the Covid had passed into the background of concerns, the health situation remaining very little mentioned during the presidential campaign which saw the re-election of Emmanuel Macron.
In this context, the government had already taken several emblematic measures in recent months, in particular putting an end in March to the wearing of masks, except in transport, and to the vaccination pass, which required being vaccinated against Covid to access many places like restaurants and cinemas.