French Prime Minister Jean Castex stated on Friday his authorities was not planning a brand new, nationwide lockdown to include a resurgence in COVID19 circumstances, however would as a substitute implement a raft of much less radical measures.
- Last Updated: September 11, 2020, 10:21 PM IST
PARIS: French Prime Minister Jean Castex stated on Friday his authorities was not planning a brand new, nationwide lockdown to include a resurgence in COVID-19 circumstances, however would as a substitute implement a raft of much less radical measures.
He stated these would come with fast-tracked testing for precedence circumstances to cut back the time spent ready for outcomes, and focused restrictions in areas of the nation hit particularly onerous by the pandemic.
“The virus is with us for several more months and we must manage to live with it without letting ourselves get drawn once again into a narrative of nationwide lockdown,” Castex stated in a televised deal with.
French well being authorities reported 9,843 new confirmed coronavirus circumstances on Thursday, beating the document for the variety of new circumstances in a 24-hour interval.
France imposed a strict lockdown in March, on the peak of the epidemic’s first wave. That succeeded in stopping the hospital system from being overwhelmed by COVID-19 circumstances, but additionally dealt a extreme blow to the financial system.
That lockdown was relaxed in the direction of the beginning of May. Since then, the variety of circumstances has regularly risen and the variety of folks sick sufficient with the virus to want hospital therapy has elevated.
Castex, talking after a gathering of France’s most senior officers to debate the epidemic, stated the rise in circumstances was notably worrying in three areas — the cities of Marseille and Bordeaux, and the French Caribbean territory of Guadeloupe.
He stated he had requested leaders of these areas to submit their proposals to him on Monday for native measures to include the unfold of the virus.
Local officers all through France would have enhanced powers to impose new restrictions in the event that they deemed it obligatory, together with making some companies scale back their opening hours, the prime minister stated.
Castex, who himself is in isolation after coming into contact with somebody contaminated with COVID-19, stated some French residents had let down their guard in opposition to the illness.
They wanted to be extra disciplined about social distancing, washing their palms and carrying masks, he stated.
“I solemnly appeal today to the sense of responsibility of each one of you,” Castex stated in his deal with.
“The only way we will succeed in stopping this epidemic is if all of us are vigilant and stick together.”
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