Guillaume Dominguez, edited by Gauthier Delomez 3:28 p.m., May 15, 2022

The lifting of the obligation to carry in transport planned from Monday is received differently among the French, between relief and concern.

On Europe 1, infectious disease specialist Antoine Flahault believes that the end of the measure is "coherent", but he warns against a possible rise in the Covid-19 epidemic.

Some dreamed of it, others dreaded it.

The wearing of a compulsory mask in transport (train, metro, bus, plane, etc.) will be lifted from Monday everywhere in France.

An end of application of the measure which intervenes in a context of great heat in the country, but all the French are not ready to remove it at peak hours.

Many are very cautious about the idea of ​​no longer wearing the mask at all.

"I want to keep wearing it all the time, just to protect myself a little bit," said one of them on Sunday at the microphone of Europe 1.

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"I prefer to wear the mask in transport", "I have a little jitters. So, I continue to wear it for a while", say two other users.

“I will continue to wear the mask during rush hours, there is always a doubt”, adds a last traveler.

Still more than 30,000 contaminations per day

This mentioned "doubt" still translates into more than 36,000 positive cases for Covid-19 per day.

This is certainly a figure that has been falling for several months, and in France, nearly 80% of the population is fully vaccinated.

For doctors, the lifting of the compulsory wearing of a mask in transport is rather logical, but it is subject to conditions.


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"It's consistent, but it can go up quickly unfortunately, as we see in Portugal but also in other places like the United States", recalls the infectiologist Antoine Flahault at the microphone of Europe 1. "It is necessary, at that time, be prepared to unfortunately reinstate these types of measures," he said.

The return of the smile in transport is therefore likely to wait a little longer.