They will be able to breathe (better). From Monday, October 4, primary school students will no longer be able to wear masks in departments where the incidence rate is less than 50 per 100,000 inhabitants. That is to say about forty departments in the metropolitan territory.

The announcement fell on Wednesday after a new health defense council. Government spokesman Gabriel Attal added that in these departments “the gauges which apply in certain establishments” would also be lifted.

Nothing changes, however, for the health pass, “an effective tool”, according to the spokesperson. While a territorialized adaptation was expected (or hoped for) by some, it will continue to apply under the same conditions as today. ? hui ”. We learned at the start of the week that a bill to extend it beyond November 15 was being considered. It is expected to be presented to the Council of Ministers on October 13.

“All indicators are down”, congratulated Gabriel Attal. “Three weeks after going back to school, not seeing an epidemic recovery is the sign, we hope, of a lasting improvement”, he analyzed. The hospitalization rate is decreasing, vaccination is progressing and the virus is circulating less … But we must not “proclaim victory too early”. The health situation remains, in fact, “extremely worrying” in certain overseas territories, including Guyana. The department of Bouches-du-Rhône currently records an incidence rate of over 200 per 100,000 inhabitants, the only one in metropolitan France.