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A mandatory PCR test from Sunday for any non-essential trip to France

This obligation will apply “excluding essential travel”, said the Elysee. “Frontier workers and land transport in particular will be exempt.” Paris had already decided on January 14 to subject travelers from a country outside the European Union (EU) to this rule. Cross-border workers and “essential” workers were already exempt.

The Elysee said that the approach chosen by the Head of State was also that of “many of his European counterparts”.

In Stockholm, the European agency responsible for epidemics, for its part, invited Europeans to “prepare for a rapid escalation in the stringency of measures (to counter the virus) in the coming weeks in order to preserve healthcare capacities, thus than to accelerate vaccination campaigns “.

In France, where the death toll is now close to 72,000 deaths, the number of recorded contaminations again exceeded the figure of 20,000 on Thursday, and the specter of a third confinement seems to be looming.

Emmanuel Macron’s decision comes at the end of a videoconference summit of the 27 member states during which Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, sounded the alarm on “the very serious health situation” caused in all of Europe by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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