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PARIS (AP) — While most French health care workers are vaccinated against the coronavirus, a small but vocal minority is holding out. With infections exploding, a new law requiring them to get the shots is exposing the divide.

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In response to rising COVID-19 hospitalizations and the spread of the delta variant, the city of St. Louis and St. Louis County announced Friday people will be required to wear masks in indoor public places and on public transportation beginning Monday.

Vaccines work well against the Delta variant, but there are a lot of people in central Illinois who have not yet gotten vaccinated — a fact which is concerning to health officials. A set of mutations in the variant makes it more transmissible, said Dr. Douglas Kasper, head of infectious diseases at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria, during a press briefing Thursday afternoon.

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