April 28, 2020 / 2:39 PM / a month ago

French PM sees risk of second wave of coronavirus infection after lockdown ends

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe delivers a speech to present the government's plan to unwind the country's coronavirus lockdown at the National Assembly in Paris, France April 28, 2020. David Niviere/Pool via REUTERS

PARIS (Reuters) - French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe told parliament that the country will need to take maximum care in unwinding a nationwide lockdown in order to reduce the risk of a second wave of coronavirus infections.

“The risk of a second wave, which would strike a weakened hospital fabric, which would impose a ‘re-confinement’, which would ruin the efforts and sacrifices made during these eight weeks, is a serious risk, a risk that must be taken seriously,” Philippe told parliament in a debate about the lockdown.

France is set to end its lockdown on May 11.

Reporting by Michel Rose, Benoit Van Overstraeten and John Irish; Writing by Geert De Clercq; Editing by Alex Richardson

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