Covid-19: compulsory mask, health pass on the train, restrictions in Portugal … The summary of July 30

► Return of the mask compulsory in Savoie, Hautes-Alpes and Loire-Atlantique

The prefects of Savoie and Hautes-Alpes have in turn announced the return of the compulsory mask outdoors in areas with “High attendance” to fight against a “Rapid degradation” of the epidemic situation. In Savoy, it concerns all outdoor events for more than 10 people, markets and flea markets and queues for stadiums, performance halls, stations, cafes and restaurants. The mask must also be worn in the city centers of Chambéry, Albertville, Aix-les-Bains, as well as on the shores of Lac du Bourget and Chanaz.

In the High mountains, wearing a mask will be compulsory from July 31 to August 31 at the “High concentration of people” like markets and festivals, but not all the time in city centers. This new obligation does not apply to places and events where the health pass is compulsory at the entrance.

→ PRACTICAL. Wearing a mask outdoors: the list of departments concerned

In Loire Atlantique, the mask becomes compulsory again in the public spaces of 25 coastal municipalities, around Saint-Nazaire and Guérande. The decree concerns the 10 municipalities of the agglomeration community around Saint-Nazaire and the 15 municipalities of Cap Atlantique (Guérande, La Baule, Le Croisic, etc.). However, beaches and natural areas such as the Brière marshes are excluded from this obligation. This provision will remain in force at least until August 13, according to the prefecture.

►SNCF: the sanitary pass can be checked at any time

From August 9, when it will be compulsory, the health pass can be checked at any time during train trips, said SNCF Voyageurs CEO Christophe Fanichet. Controls will take place on boarding, on board with dedicated teams and / or on disembarkation, he said.

→ ANALYSIS. At the SNCF, the health pass is looking for its way

Passengers screened without a pass on board will be able to continue their journey, but they will not escape a € 135 fine.

“We will reimburse all French people who do not have a health pass”, he also assured, recalling that those who would test positive should not travel anyway.

He also recalled one of the SNCF’s objectives, which is to integrate the health pass into the ticket, by September. The TER and trains of the Parisian suburbs are not concerned.

► About 85% of people hospitalized are unvaccinated, according to a study

The people unvaccinated against Covid-19 represent approximately 85% of hospitalized patients in France, according to a study. Regarding the deaths of Covid-19 patients, a very large majority (78%) concern unvaccinated people, 11% of people fully vaccinated, and 11% of people having received a first dose, according to the figures presented.

Published for the first time, this study carried out by DREES, the statistical service of social ministries, combines data on the results of Covid-19 tests, anti-Covid-19 vaccinations and conventional hospitalizations or in critical care (resuscitation, intensive care and continuing care) for this disease.

From August, it will be updated every week and posted on the Drees website. However, these lessons remain “Fragile, due to the low number of cases identified over this first period of study ”, specifies the Drees.

► Portugal eases restrictions thanks to the progression of vaccination

Portugal, which is experiencing a drop in the number of new Covid-19 infections, will ease health restrictions from Sunday August 1, thanks to the progress of vaccination.

The government has planned for the gradual lifting of restrictions in three stages. From August 1, the Portuguese authorities will lift the nighttime curfew in force in the most affected regions, while shops, restaurants and theaters will be able to remain open until 2 a.m. The health pass or a negative test will continue to be required to stay in a hotel or enter restaurants on weekends.

From September onwards, the mask will no longer be compulsory on public roads.

In October, the executive plans to reopen bars and nightclubs on presentation of the health pass or a negative test. In addition, the capacity limits in restaurants and events with the public will be lifted.

► Germany generalizes testing for unimmunized travelers

Germany will generalize Sunday, August 1, the obligation for non-immune travelers to present an anti-Covid test when entering the country. “All unvaccinated holidaymakers will have to be tested, whether they come back by plane, car or train, said the Minister of Health, Jens Spahn, quoted in a press release. This obligation, which concerns all travelers over 12 years old, only applied to people arriving by plane.

→ YOUR QUESTIONS. “What are the conditions for going to Germany? “

People with vaccination or cure certificate of Covid-19 are exempted of the test obligation. However, even immunized people should be tested when their country of origin is classified as countries highly affected by variants of the novel coronavirus.

► Japan: state of emergency extended in Tokyo and extended to four departments

The Japanese government has decided to extend the state of emergency in Tokyo Okinawa and extend it to four other departments (three in the outskirts of Tokyo – Kanawaga, Saitama and Chiba – and in Osaka), while the health crisis worsens and also affects participants in the Olympic Games.

→ READ. One week after the start of the Olympics, Japan extends state of emergency

While the Japanese capital recorded, Thursday, July 29, a new record of new infections (3,865), the organizers of the Olympics reported on Friday 27 new cases in people linked to the event.


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