France 'cannot rule out local lockdowns' over virus


Professor Jean-François Delfraissy, who heads scientific council that advises the government on the epidemic, said the situation in about 20 large cities, including Marseille, Bordeaux and the Paris region, was being watched closely.

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Local lockdowns cannot be ruled out in French regions where COVID-19 infections are flaring up even though authorities are striving to avoid it, a government advisor said on Thursday, reports Swissinfo.