No infection on the rise in France after the end of the lockout


Ten days after France eased its lock on coronaviruses, the daily rate of new infections has not increased, French Health Minister Olivier Veran said on Wednesday.

He said the number of COVID-19 patients admitted to the hospital every day was decreasing, as was the number of people treated in intensive care units.

But that doesn’t mean the virus is gone, he warned.

New clusters of COVID-19 cases have recently been discovered in abattoir workers in western France and police in northern France.

Veran also promised that health workers in hospitals and retirement homes will see a pay raise as part of a new government plan for the public health system.

French President Emmanuel Macron announced the plan last week when he visited a Paris hospital, where he faced the wrath of doctors and nurses demanding better wages and better working conditions.

Details of the plan will be released in July, said Veran.

France has reported at least 143,427 cases of people infected with the virus and 28,022 deaths.


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