France to roll out new COVID-19 restrictions as Omicron surges

France has announced new COVID-19 measures in a bid to stem a surge in infections as concern rises worldwide over the rapid spread of the highly transmissible Omicron variant.
From January 3, working from home will be mandatory for at least three days per week for those who can do so, while public gatherings will be limited to 2,000 people indoors, and to 5,000 people for outdoor events, French Prime Minister Jean Castex said late on Monday.
Elsewhere in Europe, several other countries have also opted to roll out new measures in response to the spread of Omicron, which studies suggest is significantly more infectious but milder than previous versions of the coronavirus.
The United Kingdom’s government has meanwhile ruled out any new measures in England this year despite recorded infections repeatedly passing the 100,000 mark in recent days.

Al Jazeera’s Jonah Hull reports.

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