İrem GÖL -TDO- French Minister of Health Olivier Veran announced that France would extend the health emergency imposed to fight the new coronavirus pandemic for another two months until July 24. The emergency had begun on the 24th of March. Veran said: “We are going to have to perform a long-distance run.” It is thought that lifting the emergency now would be premature and carry the risk of intensifying outbreak.
Government spokeswoman Sibeth Ndiaye said the bill would go before the Senate on Monday and the National Assembly most probably the day after. It is expected to become law by the end of the week. Minister Veran said travellers to France, including French citizens returning home, will face a compulsory two-week quarantine and possible isolation when they arrive in the country.
The government has announced the gradual lifting of some lockdown measures by May 11, including reopening the primary schools. Many shops will also reopen, and remote-working staff will be able to return to offices as France battles the economic effect of the coronavirus that has already pushed the country into recession.