France tightens anti-Covid measures

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French Prime Minister Jean Castex on Monday announced new measures to stem the rampant progression of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, including mask-wearing in city centre streets and limits on numbers attending indoor and outdoor gatherings, although no curfews are presently envisaged and schools will reopen as normal in January.

France reduces wait time for anti-Covid booster jab to threee months

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France's top health authority has recommended anti-Covid-19 booster jabs be administered just three months after the last of the standard two vaccinations, down from an initial waiting time of five months, as the country this weekend registered more than 100,000 daily cases of coronavirus infections for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

France bars non-essential travel from UK over Omicron virus spread

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The French government has announced a ban from Saturday on arrivals from the UK except for its nationals, others with official residency in the country and people who can justify 'essential' reasons for travelling in France, in a move prompted by the sharp rise in Britain of the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

Why new Omicron variant highlights the urgent need to lift vaccine patents

International — Investigation

The emergence of the new variant of Covid-19 called Omicron should serve as a wakeup call to rich countries that unless the whole world is given access to vaccines the pandemic is doomed to continue. Instead, the new variant was given as the reason why a key meeting at the World Trade Organisation to debate the temporary lifting of intellectual property rights on vaccines was postponed indefinitely. Rozenn Le Saint reports on the anger of French activists at the lack of progress on what they see as a key issue in tacking the pandemic in poorer countries.

First case of Omicron variant case found in mainland France

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A statement from the Paris regional health authority said the case, a man between ages 50 and 60, tested positive on November 25th following his return from a trip to Nigeria.