Prime Minister Jean Castex urged France “not to let down its guard” in the fight against the coronavirus to stop a new national lockdown, as anxiety rises over a surge in cases.
“The virus has not gone on holiday and neither have we,” the premier said on a visit to the northeastern city of Lille.
“We need to protect ourselves against this virus, without putting a stop to our economic and social life, in other words avoiding the risk of a new generalized lockdown.”
“We are seeing an increase in the figures for the epidemic which should make us more attentive than ever,” Castex said.
“I call on every French person to remain very vigilant. The fight against the virus depends of course on the state, local communities, institutions, but also on each of us,” he added.