France to extend virus lockdown, President Emmanuel Macron to address nation – The New Indian Express

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By AFP
PARIS: France must extend the orderly foreclosure to slow the spread of the coronavirus, with President Emmanuel Macron speaking to the nation again next week, the French presidency announced on Wednesday.

The detention order “will be extended” beyond its current April 15 limit, a presidential official told AFP, adding that Macron will speak to the nation Monday evening to present the new anti-government decisions. the virus.

Macron will now until Monday “meet with a large number of public and private actors – French, European and international – on the issues of COVID-19 and prepare the decisions to be announced Monday to the French,” said the presidency.

It will be Macron’s third prime time address from the Elysee Palace since the start of the crisis.

Macron’s speech is part of a nuanced picture of the situation in France, the number of deaths per day still being grim, but some data giving officials very cautious optimism.

France has been locked out since March 17 to slow the spread of the epidemic, only essential movements authorized to be justified by a signed sheet of paper.

The country reported on Wednesday 541 additional deaths from COVID-19 in hospital in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of official victims of the coronavirus epidemic to 10,869.

But senior French health official Jérôme Salomon told reporters that there are now 7,148 people in intensive care, a net increase of 17 from the previous day, the smallest increase in recent weeks.

Solomon said it had slowed the increase in the spread of the virus in recent days, adding that it was because the lock-up was widely observed.

“The slowdown observed in recent days is linked to your respect for the isolation rules,” he said.

He expressed the hope that France would see a flattening of its case curve in the coming days but stressed that this “plateau is at a very high level”.

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