France’s COVID-19 measures already help curb virus, says health minister

The 20% increase in the number of cases last week is “a little better than before,” said Véran. [EPA-EFE/MARTIN BUREAU]

The latest coronavirus measures including the curfew and lockdown implemented by the executive are “slowing the pandemic’s progression”, Health Minister Olivier Véran said on Sunday during a joint broadcast by France Inter, franceinfo and Le Monde.

The 20% increase in the number of cases last week is “a little better than before,” said Véran.

“By the end of the week, we will have consolidated data”, but “in any case, there will be an increase in hospitalisation and resuscitation in the coming days, because it is a reflection of the pandemic situation before the lockdown”, he added.

President Emmanuel Macron had announced that a review would take place on 15 November in order to “take stock of the lockdown” and announce possible “additional measures”. (Louise Rozès Moscovenko | EURACTIV.FR)

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