Coronavirus: France COVID-19 lockdown may have to be extended

People queue at a coronavirus free screening operation outside the Arcachon railway station, southwestern France, on July 24, 2020. (AFP)

France’s new national lockdown, aimed at curbing the resurgence of COVID-19, may have to be extended beyond its initial deadline of December 1, government scientific adviser Professor Jean-François Delfraissy said on Thursday.

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President Emmanuel Macron said late on Wednesday that France might start to ease back lockdown measures once COVID infections fell back to about 5,000 per day from around 40,000 per day at present.

But Delfraissy said he did not think that could be achieved by December 1.

“By December 1, we will not be at 5,000 contaminations per day. I can tell that to you straight away today. We will need more time,” said Delfraissy, who heads the scientific council that advises the French government on the pandemic.

Last Update: Thursday, 29 October 2020 KSA 10:59 - GMT 07:59