Paris bar patrons watch French President Emmanuel Macron’s announcement on coronavirus measures, July 12 | Photo: EFE / EPA / YOAN VALAT

Protesters demonstrated in Paris on Wednesday (14) against the plan of the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, to combat the increase in Covid-19 cases in the country, which includes the requirement for a vaccination certificate or of a negative test for the coronavirus for entry into bars, restaurants and cinemas from next month. Clashes took place between the police and the demonstrators.

Macron on Monday announced new measures to curb the spread of coronavirus contagion, attributed to the circulation of the more transmissible delta variant of the virus. The new French plan requires shops, bars, restaurants, cafes, long-distance trains and buses and other establishments to check customers’ Covid-19 vaccination certificate from August, which has not yet been defined.

As for shows, concerts, festivals and amusement parks, the measurements are valid from July 21. Workers in public service places will have until August 30 to get vaccinated, or will have to take coronavirus tests every other day to continue working.

After Macron’s announcements, which will complicate the daily life of those who do not get vaccinated, there has been an avalanche of requests for vaccination (more than 2.3 million in 24 hours) and an unprecedented acceleration in the centers of vaccination.

The Ministry of Health said more than 400,000 doses of coronavirus vaccines were administered on Wednesday, the Bastille Fall National Day, half of the record of 800,000 injections in one day, which was broken on Tuesday.

Critics of the plan say the president violates individual freedoms and promotes discrimination against those who do not want to be vaccinated.

Police used tear gas against groups of protesters who burned a bulldozer and overturned trash cans, Reuters reported. Demonstrations also took place in other French cities.

Increase in cases

The French Ministry of Health on Wednesday reported 8,875 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, which means the number has more than doubled in a week and confirms fears of the arrival of a fourth wave of contagion .

On the website dedicated to statistics related to the pandemic, the government indicated that since the start of the records, in February 2020, 5,829,724 cases have been counted. This Tuesday, 6,950 contagions had been reported, a number significantly higher than the day before.

In contrast, the number of deaths from Covid-19 in the past 24 hours was six, up from 22 on Tuesday. The total number of victims of the SARS-CoV-2 virus on French territory is 111,413, and there are 7,047 people hospitalized for the disease, 29 less than yesterday. Among these patients, 931 are in intensive care, two less than the day before.