PARIS (Reuters) – The COVID-19 state of affairs in France is worrying, the pinnacle of the nation’s Haute Autorite de Sante (HAS) well being regulator informed France Inter radio on Monday, as President Emmanuel Macron’s authorities considers a brand new lockdown.
France has the world’s seventh-highest COVID-19 loss of life toll, with greater than 73,000 deaths.
“It’s a worrying second. We’re trying on the figures, daily. We have to take measures fairly shortly….however on the similar time, not too unexpectedly,” mentioned HAS head Dominique Le Guludec.
Jean-François Delfraissy, head of the scientific council that advises the federal government on COVID-19, had mentioned on Sunday that France in all probability wanted a 3rd nationwide lockdown, maybe as early because the February college holidays, due to the circulation of recent variants of the virus.
French European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune, when requested about this on French radio on Monday, replied that no agency choice had been taken on the matter.
France is presently in a nationwide 6pm to 6am curfew, in a bid to decelerate the unfold of the virus, however the common variety of new infections has elevated from 18,000 per day to greater than 20,000.
Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux, head of the MEDEF French enterprise foyer group, mentioned he would name on the federal government to maintain as many companies and faculties open as attainable in any new lockdown, to guard the financial system and assist kids’s training.
Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta and Dominique Vidalon; Modifying by Toby Chopra and Ed Osmond