France could reduce coronavirus quarantine to five days | News


TThe French government wants to reduce the recommended 14-day quarantine for people who test positive for Covid-19.

Olivier Véran, the Minister of Health, declared that two weeks was “probably too long”; he asked the government’s scientific advisory committee to revise the official opinions. It has been suggested that a quarantine of five or seven days might be sufficient.

This recommendation is for people with Covid-19, as well as those who have been in contact with confirmed cases, to self-isolate for a fortnight. The authorities have no power to enforce the recommendation, although it is enforced by most businesses and schools.

Antoine Flahault, director of the Institute for Global Health at the University of Geneva in Switzerland, said: “The latest data shows that most infections occur. [to others] in


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