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France introduces COVID-19 health pass

Protests against new coronavirus rules in France saw demonstrators vandalising two vaccination centres this week. Photo: BBC

France has introduced a new Coronavirus health pass amid a surge of new infections.

From Wednesday, people need proof of vaccination, a negative test, or a recent recovery from the coronavirus to enter most museums and cinemas.

BBC reports that lawmakers will debate on whether to extend its use in August for entry to cafes, restaurants, and shopping malls.

This development comes the day after Health Minister, Olivier Véran announced 18,000 new infections in just 24 hours, compared to fewer than 7,000 cases a day last week, a surge of 150%, as the highly contagious Delta variant spreads throughout the country.

“We have never seen this before,” he told the National Assembly, saying Delta had led to far larger rises in cases than previous variants, like those first spotted in the UK or South Africa. He stated.

President Emmanuel Macron announced the plans for a health pass earlier this month, as well as compulsory vaccination for all health workers by September.

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