the health protocol will no longer apply in companies from March 14th

The occupational health protocol will expire from Monday 14 March, the date on which wearing a face mask in closed places is no longer mandatory, the Minister of Labor, Elisabeth Borne, announced on Tuesday 8 March at LCI.

“The corporate health protocol will also disappear from next Monday” and “we resume normal business rules”announced the minister and specified that it would be necessary “of course continue to apply hygiene rules”such as washing hands, cleaning surfaces and ventilating the premises.

“The distancing rules will disappear”, as well as those used in collective catering, she said. As for telecommuting, “we had already shaken hands with the companies”so it all depends “rules laid down in corporate social dialogue”the minister remembers.

A guide to “measures to prevent the risk of contamination with Covid-19 outside an epidemic situation”that the minister shares with the social partners must replace the national company protocol. “In the current circumstances, where the virus continues to circulate, employees who want to can continue to wear a face mask, without the employer being able to oppose it.”explains this manual. “The Covid-19 sponsor continues his missions. In small companies, he can be the manager. He is responsible for the implementation of the measures adopted and for the information of the employees.he says.

Jean Castex announced on Thursday that the “end of wearing the mandatory mask in all places” where it is still used, except for transport, “implementing these measures in the school environment is the removal of the obligation” indoors “for all students and employees of the first and second degree”

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Decrease in the number of people hospitalized

The number of patients hospitalized with Covid-19 continued to fall slowly on Monday, according to daily figures released by health authorities. Hospitals on Monday had 22,208 hospitalized patients diagnosed with Covid-19 (1,274 admitted in the last twenty-four hours), 45 fewer than the day before (22,253) and 2,871 fewer than a week (25,079).

The intensive care units received 2,089 patients (including 153 admissions). That is slightly more than the day before (2,079), but 367 less than last Monday (2,456).

The number of new positive cases was 14,496, according to Public Health France. Monday’s numbers aren’t necessarily representative due to the closure of many labs over the weekend.

The number of deaths in hospital in 24 hours was 173, bringing the death toll to 139,451 since the outbreak began just over two years ago.

Vaccination continues, at a moderate pace: 54.23 million French people have received at least one dose (ie 80.4% of the population), nearly 53.3 million are fully vaccinated (79% of the total population) and more than 39 .19 million received a booster dose, according to the Directorate General of Health.

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