French Prime Minister Jean Castex mentioned on Friday his authorities was not planning a brand new, nationwide lockdown to include a resurgence in COVID19 instances, however would as an alternative implement a raft of much less radical measures.
- Last Updated: September 11, 2020, 11:54 PM IST
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PARIS: French Prime Minister Jean Castex mentioned on Friday his authorities was not planning a brand new, nationwide lockdown to include a resurgence in COVID-19 instances, however would as an alternative implement a raft of much less radical measures.
France has the world’s seventh-highest COVID dying toll, and President Emmanuel Macron’s authorities is making an attempt to curb the virus whereas making certain that financial and social actions, reminiscent of schoolchildren’s schooling, can proceed as a lot as doable.
Castex mentioned new measures would come with fast-tracked testing for precedence instances to cut back 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 mentioned in a televised tackle.
France reported 9,406 new COVID instances on Friday, which adopted 9,843 new instances recorded on Thursday. The variety of French COVID deaths rose by 40 during the last 24 hours to face at 30,893 casualties. (https://tmsnrt.rs/3aIRuz7)
France imposed a strict lockdown in March, on the peak of the epidemic’s first wave. That succeeded in stopping hospitals from being overwhelmed by COVID-19 instances, but additionally dealt a extreme blow to the euro zone’s second-biggest economic system.
That lockdown was relaxed in the direction of the beginning of May. Since then, the variety of instances has step by step risen and the variety of individuals sick sufficient with the virus to wish hospital remedy has elevated.
Castex mentioned the rise in instances was significantly worrying in three areas – the cities of Marseille and Bordeaux, and the French Caribbean territory of Guadeloupe.
He mentioned 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 mandatory, together with making some companies scale back their opening hours, the prime minister mentioned.
Castex, who himself is in isolation after coming into contact with somebody contaminated with COVID-19, mentioned some French residents had let down their guard in opposition to the illness.
They wanted to be extra disciplined about social distancing, washing their arms and sporting masks, he mentioned.
“I solemnly appeal today to the sense of responsibility of each one of you,” mentioned Castex.
“The only way we will succeed in stopping this epidemic is if all of us are vigilant and stick together.”
(Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta, Catherine Evans and Elaine Hardcastle)
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