France will need new COVID lockdown if it can't master variant -epidemiologist

by Reuters
Friday, 22 January 2021 07:34 GMT

PARIS, Jan 22 (Reuters) - France will have to resort to a strict lockdown like those in Ireland and Britain if it fails to rein in the more contagious variants of the coronavirus, a French epidemiologist and government adviser said on Friday.

Arnaud Fontanet, a member of the scientific council that advises the government on COVID-19 policy, also said on France Inter radio the country is in a "very tense situation with exhausted hospital staff". (Reporting by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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