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Curfew insufficient against spread of COVID-19 in France – Health minister

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France’s tighter curfew put in place earlier this month has not managed to curb the spread of Covid-19 virus circulating more quickly every week, Health Minister Olivier Véran said at a news conference on Thursday.

Véran said that new variants of the Covid-19 were “actively spreading”, resulting in heightened pressure on France’s hospital system.

He called for stricter measures to contain the virus, on top of the current 6pm-to-6am curfew.

“We want to avoid an epidemic within an epidemic,” Véran said.

Earlier, France’s government spokesman Gabriel Attal said the Covid-19 variant first discovered in England, which is said to have a higher rate of transmission, had been found in 10% of Covid-19 cases in France.

Attal told France Inter radio that the option of a stricter lockdown remained open to President Emmanuel Macron’s government, but he did not provide more specific details.

France reported nearly 27,000 new confirmed Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, its biggest one-day jump since mid-November when France was in its second full lockdown.

FRANCE 24/REUTERS

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