Europe 1 with AFP 3:38 p.m., March 14, 2022, modified at 3:39 p.m., March 14, 2022

"The fact of removing our masks today, of no longer presenting the pass, does not mean that we should stop being vigilant, for ourselves or for others", recalled Olivier Véran on the sidelines of the inauguration. from an unscheduled care center.

Wearing a mask remains in place in transport and health establishments.

The Minister of Health Olivier Véran called on Monday not to relax vigilance in the face of Covid-19 despite the lifting of most health measures, during a trip to Sables-d'Olonne (Vendée).

"The fact of removing our masks today, of no longer presenting the pass, does not mean that we should stop being vigilant, for ourselves or for others", recalled the minister on the sidelines of the inauguration. from an unscheduled care center.

If wearing a mask is no longer compulsory from Monday in shops and schools, it remains in place in transport and health establishments. 

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Companies can always decide to impose it on their employees.

"I invite the French and the French to wear the mask in all circumstances which can expose them themselves or those around them to the risk of contamination. The end of the obligation does not mean the end of vigilance", affirmed Olivier Veran.

The lifting of most of the anti-Covid restrictions coincides in France with an increase in the number of positive cases in recent days and a slight increase in the number of hospitalizations on Sunday.

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“We see a rebound everywhere, in countries where we continue to wear the mask and where there is still an active pass, as in countries in which the mask has already been removed for several days or weeks and where the pass is no longer active”, relativized Olivier Véran.

"Is being able to remove the mask today a bad decision with regard to the rebound? The answer is no," assured the minister, adding: "This rebound is not a wave."

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