In the coronavirus pandemic, France plans to pump billions more into its ailing health system: the new head of government, Jean Castex, announced “investments” of six billion euros in Paris on Wednesday. They should benefit hospitals and prevention. In addition, he confirmed plans for a tightened mask requirement.
“Our healthcare system was rigorously tested during the crisis,” Castex said in his first government statement to the National Assembly. The French clinics quickly reached their limits in the Corona crisis, with more than 30,000 deaths.
The government had previously negotiated a total of 8.1 billion euros in salaries for doctors and nurses with the unions. On Tuesday, however, thousands of health workers went on the streets again for more money and more intensive care beds.
Castex also reaffirmed plans for tightened mask requirements and more corona testing. President Emmanuel Macron had spoken out in favor of wearing mouth-nose protection “in all closed public spaces” on Tuesday and named August 1 as a possible deadline. A government spokesman said that due to the increasing number of infections, the obligation could also be introduced earlier.
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