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France Tightens Regional Covid Restrictions, Speeds Up Vaccines

March 4, 2021, 5:48 PM

France plans to tighten Covid-19 restrictions and accelerate vaccinations in parts of the country as the government continues to shy away from a third nationwide lockdown on hopes that improvement is just weeks away.

The Pas-de-Calais department on the northern coast of France will be put under a weekend lockdown as of Saturday, French Prime Minister Jean Castex said at a weekly news conference.

“A lockdown, even limited to the weekend, is a heavy measure,” he said, adding that the government would continue to do everything to avoid another countrywide move.

France also strengthened mask-wearing rules in the most affected ...

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