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France declares state of national emergency – back into lockdown?

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PortandTerminal.com, October 14, 2020

President Emmanuel Macron is scheduled to address the nation at 8pm local time.

PARIS – The French government moved to reinstate its COVID-19 state of health emergency following an upsurge in cases. French President Emmanuel Macron is due to announce new measures to curb the spread of the virus.

The French government declared a public health state of emergency on Wednesday as it tries to curb an uptick in coronavirus infections across the country.

The formal declaration was made in a statement by the government, adding that the pandemic was a public health disaster which endangered the health of the entire population.

On Saturday France recorded 26,000 new coronavirus cases, the highest daily figure since the start of the pandemic.

A state of emergency in France was previously declared on March 22 in response to spiralling infections.

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