In France, a new Covid health pass has gone into force to increase new illnesses.
Most museums and theatres will require confirmation of vaccination, a negative test, or a recent recovery from Covid as of Wednesday.
Legislators will debate whether to extend its use to cafes, restaurants, and retail malls in August.
It comes just one day after Health Minister Olivier Véran said that 18,000 new infections had been reported in just 24 hours.
As the extremely contagious Delta strain spreads across the country, this is up from fewer than 7,000 cases per day last week, a 150 percent increase.
“We’ve never seen anything like this,” he told the National Assembly, adding that Delta had resulted in considerably more instances than prior versions, such as those originally discovered in the United Kingdom or South Africa.
President Emmanuel Macron unveiled plans for a health card and mandatory vaccination for all health staff by September earlier this month. According to surveys, vaccination apprehension is widespread in France.
Mr. Macron’s initiatives have sparked debate. Demonstrators vandalized two vaccination centers in France this week in protest of new coronavirus guidelines.
Protesters in this town have dubbed it “Health Dictatorship.”
If the government has its way, you won’t be able to sit down for a cup of coffee in a Paris café – or board a train – without proof that you’re Covid-free, vaccinated, or immune in a matter of weeks.
The government’s response to infection rates that are rising faster than they have ever been in this pandemic is the so-called Health Pass.
Without it, there will be no regular access to cinemas, theaters, museums, or trips to Disneyland Paris starting today.
The plan to extend the ban to everyday public places, such as cafes, shopping malls, and public transportation, has sparked the most outrage.
Some members of Parliament have received death threats ahead of today’s debate.
Last week, some protesters sparked outrage by comparing the government’s restrictions to the persecution of Jews during the Nazi occupation of France during WWII.
The plan appears to have the support of the majority of French people, with many believing it is the only way to avoid another lockdown.