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France to extend COVID-19 state of emergency until July 31, govt says

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PARIS, Oct 13 (Reuters) – The French authorities will ask lawmakers to extend its pandemic state of emergency until July 31 subsequent yr to cope with the persevering with coronavirus disaster, spokesman Gabriel Attal stated on Wednesday.

The state of emergency extension would imply that the federal government will maintain the facility to extend or reinstate restrictive measures such because the use of a well being cross to acquire entry to venues akin to eating places, bars and cinemas.

The state of emergency and the requirement of a well being cross are due to expire on Nov. 15.

“There is a non-negligible risk of an epidemic resurgence,” Attal informed reporters after a cupboard assembly.

“We must stay vigilant until next summer.”

Reporting by Matthieu Protard and Dominique Vidalon; Editing by Catherine Evans

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