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Top advisor warns France at 'emergency' virus moment

January 25, 2021 1:59 pm

France’s top medical advisor says that a third national lockdown would probably soon be needed to combat coronavirus in the country.

A strict curfew was implemented last weekend, but cases continue to climb.

Prof Jean-Francois Delfraissy, head of the scientific council that advises leaders on Covid-19, says “there is an emergency” and this week was critical.

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He called for swift government action, amid rising concerns about the spread of new variants of the coronavirus.

The professor says, France was in a better situation than others in Europe, but described the new variants as the “equivalent of a second pandemic”.

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