France says no sign of rising virus after lockout lifted

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Nothing indicates for the moment that the relaxation by France of a blocking to fight against the coronavirus has boosted the epidemic, declared the Minister of Health on Wednesday, while the last figures showed a tendency to decrease daily deaths.

On May 11, France eased its lockdown of almost two months in an effort to revive an economy disrupted by the epidemic.

Health Minister Oliver Veran warned that it was too early to assess the impact of the easing. But he added that so far there has been no sign that the virus is picking up momentum.

“It takes at least 10 to 15 days to find out if there is an impact on the epidemic,” he told reporters after a cabinet meeting, noting that the number of hospitals and intensive care continued to decline.

“So we do not see a revival in the circulation of the virus, but that does not mean that the virus does not circulate,” he added.

Adding to the cautious message many preparations in France for a long weekend on the occasion of the Ascension, President Emmanuel Macron wrote on Twitter: “The epidemic is not behind us. We will not slow down our efforts. ”

According to the latest figures from the Ministry of Health, an additional 110 deaths have been recorded in the past 24 hours in hospitals and nursing homes, bringing the total number of deaths in France from the epidemic to 28,132.

The total number of people in intensive care – a number that climbed to more than 7,000 at the height of the crisis – fell to 1,794, 100 less than the previous day.


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