The French virus lockdown should be extended by several weeks: senior advisor


FILE PHOTO: French immunologist Jean-François Delfraissy speaks to the media in the courtyard of the French Interior Ministry in Paris, France on March 13, 2020. Ludovic Marin / Pool via REUTERS

PARIS (Reuters) – France should extend its closure period by several weeks to contain the coronavirus epidemic, the government’s medical chief said on France Info radio on Wednesday.

France locked out on March 17, and the measure has already been extended once until April 15. On April 2, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe declared that the lockdown should probably be extended beyond this date.

Professor Jean-François Delfraissy, who heads the scientific council that advises the government on how to manage the epidemic, also said that up to 17 million French people were seriously threatened by coronavirus due to age, illness or being overweight.

Report by Geert De Clercq; Editing by Hugh Lawson


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