A second wave of the coronavirus epidemic is “extremely possible” to hit France within the autumn or winter, the federal government’s high scientific physique warned on Tuesday, as authorities search to include a rise in new circumstances over the previous two weeks.
After strict lockdown measures pushed down an infection charges, many European international locations are actually watching numbers creep again up, a consequence of easing curbs to attempt to restrict financial injury and larger social mixing within the vacation season.
“The state of affairs is precarious and we may at any second tip right into a state of affairs that’s much less below management, like in Spain,” the French scientific committee mentioned in an announcement printed by the well being ministry.
“It’s extremely possible that we are going to expertise a second epidemic wave this autumn or winter,” it mentioned, including that if individuals didn’t respect social distancing guidelines, it couldn’t rule out a return of the epidemic as quickly as this summer time.
The warning comes after the pinnacle of the German docs’ union mentioned Germany was already contending with a second wave and risked squandering its early success by flouting social distancing guidelines.
French authorities have already began to tighten public hygiene guidelines, with cities corresponding to Lille and Good ordering individuals to put on masks in busy pedestrian streets.
France has reported 3,376 new confirmed COVID-19 circumstances over the past three days and the variety of individuals being handled in ICUs for the illness has began to creep greater.
President Emmanuel Macron, on vacation at in his summer time residence of Bregancon on the Mediterranean coast, is anticipated to journey to the port metropolis of Toulon later within the day to satisfy social staff taking care of older individuals.
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