France extends coronavirus emergency until July 24

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France decided on Saturday to extend a health emergency imposed to fight the new coronavirus by two months until July 24, said Health Minister Olivier Veran.

A proposal to go to Parliament from Monday says that this month’s lifting of the emergency, which began on March 24, would be “premature” and “could see the risk of an epidemic” intensify.

The bill also sets quarantine conditions for people arriving in 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 the next day, government spokeswoman Sibeth Ndiaye said.

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.

The bill will also cover aspects of lifting the foreclosure, said Veran.

The story was published on a news agency wire without editing the text. Only the title has been changed.

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