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France Extends Covid-19 Lockdown For 2 more months until Jul 24

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Health Minister Olivier Veran announced on May 2 that the Covid-19 lockdown will be extended for another 2 more months until Jul 24.

The health emergency state (lockdown), which began on Mar 24, was imposed to curb the spread of the deadly virus.

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France is one of the European countries which is hardly hit by the Coronavirus. It was reported with 168,518 confirmed cases and 24,763 deaths.

A draft law says lifting the emergency would be premature and carry the risk of an intensifying outbreak.

“We are going to have to perform a long-distance run,” Veran said.

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He added that he was aware that the French people had already been asked for “colossal efforts” in this fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

The new emergency Bill is expected to become law by the end of the week. The Bill will go before the Senate on May 4 and the National Assembly most probably the day after.

The proposals cover a tracking system for those who contracted the virus, lays out the quarantine conditions for people coming to France from abroad and also citizens need to wear a mask on public transport.

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Officials also urged the citizens to comply with the lockdown rules, those who breaks the rules will be punished.

Even with the lockdown in place, the government has announced some gradual lifting of some lockdown measures on May 11, including reopening of schools and many shops will also reopen, some people will be able to return to offices.

Source : France24