The Authorities Of Paris Intend To Establish A Free Distribution Of Masks To Residents Of The City
The authorities of Paris intend to provide Parisians with protective masks for free by mid-may, when it is assumed that the self-isolation regime imposed due to the coronavirus epidemic can be canceled, said the mayor of the city, Anne Hidalgo.
"We have refocused on the production of fabric washable masks, which we will distribute for free to Parisians," Hidalgo said in an interview with the Journal du Dimanche newspaper.
She noted that the first 500 thousand masks will be available at the end of April. "As a priority, they will be distributed among the most vulnerable categories: people over 70 years old, as well as people with chronic diseases and pregnant women. We are in talks with Parisian pharmacies to arrange for the distribution of these masks upon presentation of the appropriate certificate. In mid-may, all Parisians can be equipped, " the mayor of Paris believes.
According to her, the cost of production of masks will amount to about 3 million euros. According to the latest data, more than 19 thousand people have become victims of the coronavirus in France. The number of confirmed cases in the country exceeds 111 thousand.
On Monday, French President Emmanuel Macron announced the extension of the isolation regime until May 11 in connection with the coronavirus epidemic. Strict restrictions on the movement of people have been in effect in the country since March 17. In France, cafes, restaurants, cinemas, museums, parks, non-food stores, educational institutions are closed. After may 11, kindergartens, schools and universities will gradually open in France.