France extends Covid-19 health emergency until July 24

Issued on: 02/05/2020 – 14:53Modified: 02/05/2020 – 15:18

France has decided to extend a "state of health emergency" imposed to fight the coronavirus pandemic for two months until July 24, Health Minister Olivier Véran said on Saturday.

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A proposal to be put to parliament on Monday says plans this month to lift the public health emergency, which began on March 24, would "be premature" and "could see a risk of the outbreak" intensifying.

"We are going to have to live with the virus for a while," Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said after a cabinet meeting.

The bill also lays out the quarantine conditions for people coming to France from abroad.

More than 24,500 people have died of the Covid-19 disease so far in France. The country is preparing to ease restrictions on May 11 following a strict nationwide lockdown, which was imposed on March 17.

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