French Covid-19 lockdown extension 'probable'

Fines rise and charges of endangering lives begin as rules flouted

The Covid-19 lockdown in France could continue until late April as the government has admitted it is likely to be be extended beyond the original two-week period, possibly even for a month.

Government spokeswoman Sibeth Ndiaye said “it is quite probable we will be obliged to prolong”, adding that Covid-19’s incubation period of up to 14 days meant it would only be after this time that France could slow down the number of new cases and “break the chain”.

President Macron held a meeting with France’s official scientific advisory committee and, even though no extension was announced immediately, it is expected.

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