France seeing ‘clear worsening’ of COVID-19 outbreak

Tourists wearing a protective mask walk a front the Eiffel Tower in France. On August 2, 2020. (Photo by Mehdi Taamallah/NurPhoto via AP)

France is seeing an acceleration of the COVID-19 outbreak after a surge in infections but aims to avoid any new nationwide lockdown, Prime Minister Jean Castex said.

There is a “clear worsening” in France of the spread of COVID-19 which has “not lowered in intensity” and “will still be with us for some months,” Castex said in a televised statement in Paris.

But he did not announce any major new restrictions, saying France’s aim is to “avoid a general lockdown” and succeed in living with the virus through social distancing, mask-wearing and ramped-up testing.



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