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France to ease some Covid restrictions in Feb
France to ease some Covid restrictions in Feb

Paris, Jan 21 (TIWN) French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced that the government will proceed to ease certain Covid-19 related restrictions in February.

During a press conference on Thursday evening, Castex stressed that the Omicron variant "is absolutely not just a flu", reports Xinhua news agency  He once again recalled the importance of being vaccinated, saying that a fully inoculated person is 4.5 times more unlikely to be infected than a non-vaccinated, and has 25 times less chance to turn into severe cases.  Castex announced that the vaccine pass, replacing the current health pass, will be effective on January 24, subject to the decision of the Constitutional Council on Friday. 

The vaccine pass enables people to gain access to public venues without the need to present a negative Covid-19 test. 

As for access to nursing homes and hospitals, the vaccine pass won't be mandatory.  Children between the ages of 12 to 15 can present a health pass and not a vaccine pass, the Prime Minister added.  He reminded that, effective from February 15, all persons that haven't received the booster shot four month following the second dose will not be considered as having a complete vaccination cycle.

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