France could end COVID-19 health emergency measures on July 10

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FILE PHOTO: People, wearing protective masks, walk past customers who eat lunch on a restaurant terrace in Paris as restaurants and cafes reopen following the coronavirus disease epidemic (COVID- 19) in France, June 2, 2020. REUTERS / Benoit Tessier / Photo file

PARIS (Reuters) – The French government plans to end emergency health measures imposed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic on July 10, the Prime Minister’s department announced on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe’s office said the possible July 10 date was one of several options currently under consideration.

France has eased many of its previous strict foreclosure measures, as data have shown that the virus may disappear in the country, with shops, resorts and tourist attractions slowly reopening.

However, the public is still encouraged to wear masks outdoors and maintain distances of at least one meter from each other, while most employees continue to work from home rather than from the office.

Official data released on Tuesday showed that the death toll from coronaviruses in France had increased from 87 to 29,296. This is the highest daily toll since June 2, but remains below 100 for the seventh day. consecutive.

Report by Michel Rose and Richard Lough, edited by William Maclean

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