REFILE-France extends ban on mass gatherings until October 30 – PM

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(Remove duplicate word in title)PARIS, Aug.11 (Reuters) – France is extending the ban on public gatherings of more than 5,000 people until October 30 as coronavirus infections rise sharply, Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Tuesday.

Castex told a press conference that the coronavirus situation in France has been going “in the wrong direction” for two weeks.

France reported the first significant daily increase in the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 since its strict lockdown ended on Monday.

Report by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Writing by Matthieu Protard

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