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France passed the Covid-19 peak, said health minister

France passed the Covid-19 peak, said health minister

France, one of the hard-hit by corona countries, has passed the peak of the infection. The health minister Olivier Véran confirmed that news, The Local France reports.

After two weeks of France’s second lockdown gave an opportunity to tear the vicious circle of COVID-19 transmission, said France’s health minister. The situation is slowly starting to improve while the country has passed the «peak» of new Covid-19 cases.

Speaking to the mass media on Sunday, minister Véran stressed there is every indication that France has passed the peak of the epidemic in the second wave. In other words, the lockdown is an unpopular and painful but effective measure.

Despite the slow improving a situation, the top health official cautioned that «we haven’t yet defeated the virus. Clearly, it is too early to claim victory and relax our efforts.» The percentage of positive tests showed a slow but steady fall, although death rates remain high in France.

«For ten consecutive days, the number of new diagnoses of Covid-19 has been decreasing, the rate of positive tests and the incidence rate is dropping,» Olivier Veran said.

France has been in its second lockdown for 17 days, although several big cities had a nighttime curfew in place before the lockdown came in.

A vaccination campaign will only begin when France has all the guarantees to vaccinate the population in complete safety, Veran added. Possibly, the process will start by the beginning of next year.