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French PM rejects new lockdown despite 9000+ cases a day

Paris: French Prime Minister Jean Castex says his government is not planning a new, nationwide lockdown to contain a resurgence in COVID-19 cases, but would instead implement a raft of less radical measures.

France has the world’s seventh highest coronavirus death toll, and President Emmanuel Macron’s government is trying to curb it while ensuring that economic and social activities, such as school education, can continue as much as possible.

People enjoy the outdoors along the Seine in Paris on Friday.

People enjoy the outdoors along the Seine in Paris on Friday.Credit:AP

Castex said new measures would include fast-tracked testing for priority cases to reduce time spent waiting for results, and targeted restrictions in areas hit especially hard.

“The virus is with us for several more months and we must manage to live with it without letting ourselves get drawn once again into a narrative of nationwide lockdown,” Castex said in a televised address.

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