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France on Monday lifted most of its restrictions against COVID-19, such as the mask rule in most public spaces and the one that prevented unvaccinated people from going to restaurants, sports venues and other places.

The French government announced the decision this month after analyzes of an improving situation in hospitals and weeks of declining infections. The measures were lifted less than a month before the first round of the French presidential election, scheduled for April 10.

But in recent days, data on new infections has started to pick up, and some scientists fear it may be too early to lift restrictions. New cases have topped 60,000 in a seven-day average, up from 50,000 the previous week.

As of this Monday, people will no longer have to show proof of having been vaccinated to access places such as restaurants and bars, cinemas, theaters, fairs and medium-distance transport. The so-called vaccine pass came into force at the end of January.

In hospitals and nursing homes, unvaccinated people must present a recent negative test or proof that they have recently recovered from an infection to be admitted.

Masks are no longer mandatory in schools, businesses and offices. They are still mandatory in public transport, hospitals and other medical centers. More than 92% of people aged 12 and over are fully vaccinated in France, which has a population of 67 million people.

With information from AP.

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