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France rules out suspending confinement due to severity of COVID-19 in the country

The authorities appealed to “maintain prudence” and “not give the impression” that the COVIC-19 crisis has ended

The French government ruled out short term lift the lockdown of the population to combat the pandemic of coronavirus, scheduled until December 1, but does not exclude “adaptations” that may be announced next week by the president, Emmanuel macron, given the improvement of the country’s health situation.

The French Government spokesman, Gabriel Attal, indicated, after the weekly Council of Ministers, that the country is “far from a disarray“Because” the situation continues to be serious “and” the country’s health workers continue under extreme pressure. “

“We can not relax behaviors implying that we have won this battle, it would be dangerous for our citizens, ”he said at a press conference.

Attal confirmed that the president, who decreed the confinement of the population last October 28, will go to the country next week to announce “adaptations” of that measure from December 1 “whenever the health situation allows.”

The appearance of Macron It will take place after the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, meets this Friday with the leaders of the different political parties and with the social partners to “debate about possible adaptations“Of the situation in the following weeks” depending on the health evolution “.

Attal showed his satisfaction with the “favorable evolution“Of the health situation that he attributed to the” good decisions “adopted by the Executive, the curfew at first and the confinement later, in addition to the behavior of the population.

But he appealed to “keep prudence“And” not give the impression “that the crisis is over, because it could ruin” the efforts that have been made so far. “

The spokesperson admitted that the Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, is in contact with the merchants associations, but indicated that for now “there is no set schedule” to mark the reopening of non-essential stores.

Merchants claim to be able to reopen on November 27, to take advantage of the increase in sales foreseen in the so-called “Black Friday“, Traditional day of great offers.

Attal Nor did it specify whether derogations will be made to movement restrictions during the holidays and assured that they will be subject to the evolution of the pandemic.

France exceeded 2 million COVID-19 infections, with 46,273 deaths from the disease, according to the latest figures released yesterday.

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