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France to extend Coronavirus emergency measures for additional two months

France will extend a health emergency imposed to fight the new Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic for another two months until July 24, Minister of Health Olivier Veran has said.

A draft law says a lifting this month of the emergency, which began on March 24, would be premature and carry the risk of an intensifying outbreak. 

Health minister says emergency will be in place until July 24 and travellers to France will face two-week quarantine.

“We are going to have to perform a long-distance run,” Veran said on Saturday, adding he was aware that the French people had already been asked for “colossal efforts” in the fight against the virus.

The bill will go before the Senate on Monday and the National Assembly most probably the day after, said government spokeswoman Sibeth Ndiaye.

It is expected to become law by the end of the week.

The new emergency bill also lays out the quarantine conditions for people coming to France from abroad.

Veran said travellers to France, including French citizens returning home, will face a compulsory two-week quarantine and possible isolation when they arrive in the country.

“This quarantine will be imposed on any person returning on French soil,” Veran told a news briefing after the weekly cabinet meeting.

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