PARIS: France will have to live with the coronavirus at least until next summer, President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday (Oct 23).
Macron, who was speaking during a visit to a hospital in Pointoise, near Paris, said there were no plans at this stage to reduce curfews aimed at preventing the virus spreading but that curfews could even be extended.
"When I listen to scientists I see that projections are for at best until next Summer," he said, adding it was too early to say if France was headed towards new full or partial lockdowns.
The coronavirus is spreading through France faster than at the peak of the first wave in spring, a government scientific advisor said earlier on Friday.
France reported 42,032 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, breaking through the 1,000,000 cumulative tally - a grim milestone for the government as it and other European capitals battle to keep their economies open.
France has announced plans to extend a curfew to 38 more administrative departments from midnight on Friday. In all, two thirds of the country's 67 million population will be confined indoors each night from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. until early December.