France will need new COVID lockdown if it can't master variant - epidemiologist


FILE PHOTO: A view shows the deserted Place Vendome in Paris during a nationwide curfew, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., due to restrictions against the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in France, December 15, 2020. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

PARIS (Reuters) - France will have to resort to a strict lockdown like those in Ireland and Britain if it fails to rein in the more contagious variants of the coronavirus, a French epidemiologist and government adviser said on Friday.

Arnaud Fontanet, a member of the scientific council that advises the government on COVID-19 policy, also said on France Inter radio the country is in a "very tense situation with exhausted hospital staff".

(Reporting by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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