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France extends health emergency until July 24

KUALA LUMPUR (May 5): The French government said over the weekend that it plans extend the health emergency already in place to combat Covid-19 by two months to July 24, AFP reported.

The country’s health emergency started on March 24

As part of the “planned measures”, all people entering France will have to remain in confinement for two weeks, Health Minister Olivier Veran told the media.

The French authorities have earlier announced the gradual lifting of some lockdown rules from May 11, such as the re-opening of primary schools.

But Veran said added that to lift the health emergency “at the same time would be premature and carry the risk of a resurgence of the outbreak”.

"We are going to have to perform a long-distance run," AFP reported the health minister saying.

Veran also said that “the French people had already been asked for colossal efforts in the fight against the virus.

"We are going to have to live with the virus for a while," Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said after a cabinet meeting which decided on the extension of the health emergency.

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