Health minister: French lockdown could last longer than 15 days

PARIS — Frances strict confinement measures meant to reduce the spread of coronavirus could last longer than the 15-day lockdown originally announced, according to Health Minister Olivier Véran.

“As long as [the lockdown] will be necessary, it will last,” Véran told reporters Tuesday, adding that no decision had been officially taken yet to extend it. “Well only be able to stop confinement when the epidemic curve allows it.”

The health ministers comments come after the countrys Council of Scientists advisory group formally recommended a six-week lockdown. The group of 11 experts has been working closely with President Emmanuel Macron and his ministers to help shape policies since the beginning of the crisis.

Macron announced a nationwide lockdown for at least 15 days last week in an effort to step up the countrys fight against the virus.

On Monday, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe

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