France extends state of emergency until July 10

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(CNN) – A law extending France’s state of emergency came into force today, one day after the start of shields across the country.

The state of emergency law gives the government the power to apply measures to avoid a second Covid-19 peak.

France has been in a state of emergency since March 17 and the new law extends it until July 10.

The law gives the state the power to apply measures such as limiting travel to less than 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the home, making masks mandatory on public transport, and banning gatherings more than 10 people.

The bill was passed by parliament over the weekend and was examined by the Constitutional Court on Monday. The court removed provisions such as allowing the government to impose quarantine on foreign travelers without a judge’s order. It also strengthened the protection of privacy around personal data that would be collected in a tracking system that has not yet been developed.

France has reported 177,547 total cases of Covid-19 and 26,646 related deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

The country eased the foreclosure measures on Monday for the first time in more than 50 days. In Paris, traffic returned to the Champs-Élysées, stores reopened, and people gathered with friends on the banks of the Seine.

This story was first published on CNN.com, “France Extends State of Emergency Until July 10”



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