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France to extend coronavirus lockdown again, will run beyond April 15

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Issued on: 08/04/2020 – 21:27Modified: 08/04/2020 – 21:27

France will extend its nationwide lockdown put in place to contain the spread of the new coronavirus for a second time, meaning it will run beyond April 15, the French presidential palace said on Wednesday.

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The Elysée Palace said French President Emmanuel Macron would address the nation regarding the disease situation on Monday evening.

Macron will from now until Monday "speak to a large number of public and private actors — French, European and international — on what is at stake concerning Covid-19 and prepare the decisions that will be announced on Monday to the French", the presidency said.

It will be Macron's third prime time address from the Elysée Palace since the crisis began.

President Emmanuel Macrons office tells @AFP that the lockdown in France will be extended beyond 15th April. President @EmmanuelMacron will address the nation on Monday #COVID19france 🇫🇷

— Tom Burges Watson (@Tburgeswatson) April 8, 2020

The announcement comes as France's coronavirus death toll rose to 10,869 after hospitals recorded 541 new fatalities over the most recent 24-hour period.

Jérôme Salomon, head of the public health authority, told reporters that there were now 7,148 people in intensive care at hospitals across France, a net increase of 17 from the day earlier, the lowest increase recorded in receRead More – Source

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