The coronavirus has spread widely among people under 40 in France, according to the minister

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PARIS (Reuters) – The new coronavirus circulates four times more among those under 40 in France than among those over 65, said the French Minister of Health, while warning that contamination was on the increase in the elderly and more vulnerable too.

FILE PHOTO: French Minister of Health Olivier Veran attends the closing session of the “Segur de la Sante” general assembly on the country’s health system, at the French Ministry of Health in Paris, France on 21 July 2020. Bertrand Guay / Pool via REUTERS / File Photo

“We are in a risk situation,” Olivier Veran said in an interview with Journal Du Dimanche (JDD) published on Sunday, adding that the higher number of cases detected was not solely due to more tests.

Like President Emmanuel Macron, Veran has ruled out the need for another total lockdown to fight the spread of the disease. But he said localized action could be taken as cases multiply in France and elsewhere.

“It’s not a French exception, it’s a European dynamic,” said Veran.

France reported on Saturday an increase of 3,602 new COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours, a smaller increase than the day before. Earlier in the week, however, the number of daily cases reached a high level after the lockdown.

The number of people hospitalized and requiring intensive care has increased and decreased.

Veran said cross-contamination between population groups – young people aged 2 to 40 and their elders – was already taking place.

“New measures will be implemented shortly,” Veran said, without giving further details.

Parties and gatherings where social distancing rules weren’t followed were now the main source of contagion, Veran added, as opposed to early summer when he was in the workplace.

In many cases, young people carrying the virus were asymptomatic or suffered fewer complications, Veran said.

Paris police are preparing for possible football celebrations on Sunday night as Paris St Germain face Bayern Munich in the Champions League final, and officials have said they will enforce the wearing of the mask and hand out protective gear. protection in sites such as the avenue des Champs-Élysées.

Reporting by Sarah White; Editing by Daniel Wallis

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