(Paris) Bars, restaurants, cinemas, hospitals, transport: the health pass entered the daily life of the French on Monday after being almost fully validated by the Constitutional Council and despite protests on the street.
Posted on Aug 8, 2021 at 10:11 pm
Antonio RODRIGUEZ Agence France-Presse
On the eve of its entry into force, the government wanted to calm down by setting a first week of tolerance and intrusion for this new instrument. A QR code has been mandatory in cultural venues since July 21st, which must be shown for lunch in the restaurant or for a drink on the terrace.
“The passport and the vaccination progress should prevent us from further curfews and incarcerations,” said Health Minister Olivier Véran on Sunday in Le Parisien.
To be valid, the passport, which is already valid in several European countries, must prove either a full vaccination schedule or a recovery from the disease through a positive test certificate of at least 11 days and less than 6 months, or finally a negative test dating “less than 72 hours “.
It can also be requested by prefecture resolution in shops over 20,000 m2, but is not required for a visit to a family doctor. On the other hand, it will be in hospitals, “but in no case should it be an obstacle to access to useful and urgent care,” stresses Véran.
On Sunday, the State Secretary for Digital Technology, Cédric O, reminded on Twitter that those who present a passport “that does not belong to them will be fined heavily” and that the passports “are improperly used, blacklisted and unusable be made”.
A person using a relative’s passport is fined 4.
The Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin called on the Prefects to mobilize police and gendarmes to “in uniform and in civilian clothes” control the facilities, access to which is subject to the presentation of a passport, by primarily targeting “urban and tourist areas” ” and “places of assembly,” read a telegram consulted by AFP.
The number of patients is increasing
The introduction of this pass is controversial on the street: For the fourth weekend in a row, almost 237,000 people marched in peace on Saturday, according to the Interior Ministry.
In a video released on Sunday, Florian Philippot welcomed the extension of the validity of the tests, which he presented as a “withdrawal from the government”.
The former FN, president of the Frexit-friendly party Les Patriotes, which has made the fight against the health strategy of the executive its hobby-horse, called for an “acceleration” of the mobilization. “Fear turns sides,” he said.
In the executive branch, confident of having reached the target of 50 million first-time vaccinations by the end of August, Emmanuel Macron’s July 12 speech is said to have boosted the campaign. Since then, more than 6.8 million appointments for an initial injection have been given, assures those around him.
According to Public Health France, 44,739,322 people have received at least one injection (i.e. 66.4% of the total population) and 37,231,075 people are now on a full schedule (i.e. 55.2% of the total population).
However, the number of hospital patients continues to rise, with nearly 8,700 patients listed on Sunday, a 25% increase in hospital admissions in three weeks.
With 1,556 patients enrolled in intensive care units, the number of severe COVID-19 patients has skyrocketed since July 21 (+ 81%). In the last 24 hours, 117 patients were admitted to the intensive care unit.
The head of state last week shared twelve videos on social networks, viewed more than 60 million times, to answer French questions and encourage them to be vaccinated.
On Wednesday, he will chair a health protection council via video conference, which will focus on injecting a third dose of vaccine into the most vulnerable people at the beginning of the school year.