Minister Gerald Darmanin: France should prepare for ‘difficult decisions’ on new COVID-19 curbs

France should be prepared to make “difficult decisions” on new measures to reboot COVID-19 cases, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said before the cabinet meeting on Tuesday to discuss the outbreak.

According to three sources familiar with the government’s thinking, French officials are looking for options to take even more stringent measures to combat COVID-19, which continues to spread despite some of the most stringent restrictions in Europe.

“We must expect difficult decisions,” Darmanin told France Inter radio.

France imposed a curfew from 9 pm to 6 pm in major cities, including Paris. Two industry sources in contact with the government said the authorities are now examining measures such as introducing curfews earlier, confining people to their homes on weekends except for important trips, and closing unnecessary shops.

France on Monday reported 26,771 new confirmed cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, with the death toll increasing by 257, bringing the total to 35,018 deaths since the outbreak began. The number of people in intensive care units increased by 186 and reached 2,770. -Reuters-