French Cabinet to consider local COVID-19 lockdowns: Spokesman

PARIS: The French government will discuss the possibility of local lockdowns to tackle rising COVID-19 infections at a cabinet meeting, its spokesman Gabriel Attal said on Thursday (Sep 10).

French health authorities reported 8,577 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Wednesday, the second-highest number of daily additional infections since the disease started to spread in the country at the end of the winter.

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"We do not exclude anything," Attal told BFM television, ahead of the cabinet meeting on Friday.

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The situation was being watched closely in about 20 large cities, including Marseille, Bordeaux and the Paris region, Jean-François Delfraissy, who heads the scientific council that advises the government on the epidemic, told RTL radio.

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"We must do everything we can to avoid local lockdowns … In these (risk) regions we could look into further restrictions of big gatherings of crowds," Delfraissy said.

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