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France’s medical adviser: Extend coronavirus lockdown for several weeks

France should extend its lockdown period for several weeks in order to contain the coronavirus epidemic, the head of the medical council advising the government said on France Info radio on Wednesday.

France went into lockdown on March 17, and the measure has already been extended once to April 15. On April 2, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said the lockdown would probably have to be extended beyond that date.

Professor Jean-François Delfraissy, who heads the scientific council that advises the government about how to handle the epidemic, also said that as many as 17 million French people are seriously at risk from coronavirus because of age, illness or being overweight.

France sees highest number of fatalities over 24-hour period yet as total deaths surpass 10,000, infections surpass 100,000.

1,417 deaths from the coronavirus were recorded in France over the last 24 hours, the highest daily total yet in the European nation.

The total number of fatalities from the coronavirus in France rose to 10,326.

11,059 new cases of coronavirus infection were also recorded in France over the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections to 109,069.