Coronavirus: France plans to extend the COVID state of emergency until mid-February | World news

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The French government plans to extend its state of emergency until February 16 next year.

Government spokesman Gabriel Attal also said several other parts of the country will go on red alert, which means they will see curfews imposed.

The proposed new end date for the state of health emergency means that the 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfews already in place in France’s largest cities could be extended.

The country reported more than 30,000 cases in a single day on Friday, the highest since the start of the pandemic.

Tuesday’s total of 20,468 brought the national figure to more than 973,000 as nearly 34,000 people have died after catching coronavirus.

Brigitte Macron, the French First Lady and wife of President Emmanuel Macron, begins seven days of self-isolation after coming into contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, officials said.

Ms Macron made contact with someone, who then tested positive for the disease on Thursday, the last day before the curfew was introduced.

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