COVID-19: France’s PM Extends Nationwide Lockdown

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French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe announced on Friday a two-week extension of a nationwide lockdown in an effort to stem a surge in coronavirus cases across France.

The French PM said in a speech that the government had decided to extend the country’s coronavirus lockdown until April 15.

“After these first 10 days of confinement, it is clear that we are just at the beginning of this epidemic wave.

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“It has submerged eastern France and now it is arriving in the Paris region and northern France,” said Philippe.

For this reason, he said, the confinement period would be extended by two weeks from Tuesday next week, and added that the same rules would apply.

Philippe said that this period would only be extended again if the health situation required it.

(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS, AFP)

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