The health crisis is back on the territory. The cause: the propagation of the BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variants. There is now no longer any doubt that France has been hit by a seventh wave of Covid-19.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022, more than 147,000 new cases were recorded in 24 hours. This is the highest level of contamination diagnosed since the end of April.

For several weeks, the various epidemiological indicators have turned red again:

In the slideshow below, find the 30 departments which, despite this new wave, have a particularly low intensive care occupancy rate.

Wearing a mask has not been compulsory in France since May 16, 2022. However, with this new wave of Covid-19, the question of a return to this health restriction is now on the table.

Monday June 27, 2022, the Minister of Health, Brigitte Bourguignon, invited on RTL asked the French to “put the mask back on transport”.

An opinion shared by the head of government Elisabeth Borne. Tuesday, June 28, 2022, the Prime Minister asked “prefects and health authorities to encourage the wearing of masks ‘in crowded places’ and ‘enclosed spaces’, in particular ‘public transport’”, reports Sud Ouest.

For the time being, Matignon specifies that these are only “recommendations”, without “mandatory characters”.

Pending the implementation of new restrictions, the government intends to relaunch the vaccination campaign, in particular by sending letters to those affected by a second booster dose.