France says Covid crisis ‘worsening’, aims to avoid lockdown

French Prime Minister Jean Castex warned Friday the country was seeing a “clear worsening” of the coronavirus pandemic, but aimed to avoid a new nationwide lockdown that would hammer the economy.

In an eagerly-awaited statement after a meeting of ministers and health experts, Castex did not announce any new restrictions but promised more efficient testing and said it was up to local authorities to decide additional measures.

Nearly 10,000 new cases have been recorded daily in the last two…

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