Coronavirus lockdown measures in France, already in place for more than three weeks, will be extended further, President Emmanuel Macron’s office said. The country has filed over 110,000 confirmed cases and 10,800 deaths.
The lockdown will be extended beyond the current deadline of April 15, the French presidential palace announced on Wednesday. The timeframe for the extension was not immediately clear and is likely to be announced by Macron, who will address the nation on the epidemic situation Monday.
Earlier in the day, France’s Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said the lockdown measures have proven effective, but added that “the time to unwind the lockdown has not come.”
“The [Covid-19] expansion is slowing so much that we might soon reach a flattening of the curve … and that’s most certainly due to the lockdown’s effect,” Philippe told the parliament. (RT)
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