France to gradually ease lockdown measures

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – France next month will ease lockdown measures taken to stem the spread of coronavirus, the nation’s prime minister said Tuesday.

Speaking to parliament, Edouard Philippe said the measures will be eased starting on May 11.

He said restrictions on movement have been effective against the virus and called a decline in the number of ICU patients promising.

Philippe also said the country will provide 100 million face masks every week for sale at pharmacies.

To continue the fight against COVID-19, Philippe said France will carry out 700,000 tests a week, with those who test positive quarantined in their homes or designated hotels.

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