PARIS: France will extend a health emergency imposed to combat the new coronavirus for two months until July 24, said Minister of Health Olivier Veran on Saturday May 2.
A bill says that this month’s lifting of the emergency, which began on March 24, would be premature and could escalate the epidemic.
“We are going to have to run a long distance race,” said Veran, adding that he knew the French had already been invited to “colossal efforts” in the fight against the virus.
The new emergency bill also defines quarantine conditions for people coming from France from abroad.
“We will have to live with the virus for a while,” said Interior Minister Christophe Castaner after a cabinet meeting.
“Learning to live with the virus is what will be at stake in the coming months. “
The proposals cover an “information system” for those who have the virus and those around them and who would work for up to a year.
The bill will go to the Senate on Monday and to the National Assembly on the most likely day, government spokeswoman Sibeth Ndiaye said. He should become law by the end of the week.
France is one of the European countries most affected by the virus and has 24,594 deaths for 167,346 confirmed cases.
The government has announced the gradual lifting of certain blocking measures from May 11, including the reopening of primary schools.
Many stores will also reopen and staff working remotely will be able to return to their offices as France struggles against the economic impact of the coronavirus which has already pushed the country into recession.
In the latest example of the losses in question, the president of the national rail operator SNCF said on Saturday that his company had already lost two billion euros ($ 2.2 billion) during the crisis, and would probably ask for help from State and would downsize.
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