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France to end mandatory mask-wearing for students in some schools

The French government announced on Thursday that primary school students in areas with low CCP virus infection rates will no longer have to wear face masks from next month.

According to a government decree issued on 30 September, the new rule will come into effect from 4 October and will cover areas with less than 50 CCP (Communist Party of China) virus cases per 100,000 citizens for five consecutive days.

Health ministry data shows Paris and surrounding suburbs are not among 47 metropolitan departments or administrative districts where mandatory wearing of masks will be abolished.

Officials shared a graphic on September 28 that shows a map with areas in red indicating that the area has exceeded the level of 50 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 residents in the past seven days.

Government spokesman Gabriel Attal said on 29 September that France was also planning to extend the state of emergency to next summer to deal with the CCP virus pandemic.

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During a press briefing after the cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Atal said, “What we will propose to Parliament is to keep the possibility of its use for several more months, till the summer.”

The extension would mean that the government would have the power to extend or reinstate restrictive measures such as lockdowns, limits on the movement of crowds, and so-called health passes—vaccination or proof of negative COVID-19 status—which are currently required by the middle . – November.

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A man shows his COVID-19 health pass at a restaurant as strict restrictions are required to access most public places and travel by inter-city train, in Nice, France, August 9, 2021. (Eric Gaillard/Reuters)

France’s vaccine passport, which was introduced in June after parliament approved a draft law, is required for citizens to enter restaurants, clubs and many other public places.

The measure imposed by the government has been widely criticized and has also led to massive protests across the country, with thousands of protesters taking to the streets to demonstrate against the COVID-19 mandate and passports.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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