Sec­ond wave un­likely to hit France this year

Cape Breton Post - - COVID-19 -

PARIS - A sec­ond wave of the coron­avirus epi­demic is “highly likely” to hit France in the au­tumn or win­ter, the gov­ern­ment’s top sci­en­tific body warned on Tues­day, as au­thor­i­ties seek to con­tain an in­crease in new cases over the past two weeks.

Af­ter strict lock­down mea­sures pushed down in­fec­tion rates, many Euro­pean coun­tries are now watch­ing num­bers creep back up, a con­se­quence of eas­ing curbs to try to limit eco­nomic dam­age and greater so­cial mix­ing in the hol­i­day sea­son.

“The si­t­u­a­tion is pre­car­i­ous and we could at any mo­ment tip into a sce­nario that is less un­der con­trol, like in Spain,” the French sci­en­tific com­mit­tee said in a state­ment pub­lished by the health min­istry.

“It is highly likely that we will ex­pe­ri­ence a sec­ond epi­demic wave this au­tumn or win­ter,” it said, adding that if peo­ple failed to re­spect so­cial dis­tanc­ing rules, it could not rule out a re­turn of the epi­demic as soon as this sum­mer.

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