French government to consider local lockdowns

The French government will discuss on Friday whether to impose new, local lockdowns to try to tackle rising Covid-19 while keeping economic and social activities going, news wires reported. President Emmanuel Macron have said he hoped any new measures would not be too restrictive.

Macron said that while he would not want to pre-empt any decisions, he hoped current rules would allow France to tackle the virus and let people live as normally as possible. “We need to do it while allowing us to continue to live, such as being able to educate our children, treat other illnesses and protect other patients,” the president said.

France has the seventh-highest Covid death toll in the world. The country reported 8,577 new confirmed cases on Wednesday, the second-highest number of daily additional infections since the disease start.


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