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France Covid restrictions: Health minister warned Covid rules could be used after pandemic
January 15, 2022
Macron’s comments on unvaccinated ‘undiplomatic’ says expert
Omicron continues to run rampant across Europe. France reported some 305,322 cases yesterday, while Italy and Spain reported 184,615 and 156,161 cases respectively. While the UK reported just over 100,000, Germany announced more than 90,000 new infections — the highest recorded in a single day in Germany since the pandemic began. Boris Johnson’s Government has held its nerve in recent weeks, opting against introducing new restrictions while the rest of Europe focuses on the immediate challenge of tackling alarming numbers.
Professor David Heymann of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine said at a seminar on Monday that the UK is “the closest to any country in being out of the pandemic”.
On the other side of the English Channel, however, Emmanuel Macron seems intent on waging war against unvaccinated parts of the French population.
He told Le Parisien at the turn of the year that he wanted to make life difficult for the unjabbed.
He said: “I really want to piss them off, and we’ll carry on doing this — to the end.”
Though he has not enforced mandatory vaccination policies, as will be implemented in Italy and Austria next month, Macron hopes limiting access to social activities will encourage unvaccinated people to get the jab.