France to implement additional COVID measures in two new cities

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People wearing protective masks line up at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing site in Marseille, France, September 17, 2020. REUTERS / Eric Gaillard

PARIS (Reuters) – France must implement additional measures to stem the COVID-19 epidemic in the cities of Lyon and Nice, the Minister of Health said, adding to the other three regions considered to be “zones red ‘virus where additional measures are already underway.

The minister, Olivier Veran, did not specify what these measures would be, but that local officials in Lyon and Nice would have until the weekend to submit their plans for additional measures to the government in Paris.

France has seen a resurgence in the number of cases of the virus this month, surpassing the daily record reached earlier this year. The numbers of hospitals and intensive care units with COVID-19 are also increasing, although they are still far from the peak reached in the spring.

Speaking to French citizens, Veran said: “We are in a situation, especially in the regions I have mentioned, where I can only ask you to redouble your efforts, especially to reduce the number of people you see every day. ”

Family gatherings are a major source of COVID-19 infections, he said.

“If everyone reduced their number of social contacts, it would help reduce the spread of the virus,” he said.

The regions with additional anti-COVID measures already in place are Marseille, Bordeaux and Guadeloupe, a French territory in the Caribbean.

Measures that went into effect in Marseille and Bordeaux on Monday included stricter rules for beach gatherings, visiting elderly people in care homes and attending public outdoor events.

Writing by Benoit Van Overstraeten and Christian Lowe; Editing by Kirsten Donovan

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