Coronavirus: over half of France is 'red zone'

Daily cases still exceed 10,000. Flexible rules in schools

21 September, 16:03

    PARIS - Over half of departments of France, where new infections on average exceed 10,000 cases on a daily basis, have been declared ''red zones''.

    In particular, 50 departments that constitute the majority of national territory have been declared ''area of active circulation of the virus''. This classification allows prefects, among other things, to adopt supplementary measures to contain the spread of the virus.

    On Sunday France recorded 10,569 new cases with a drop which was also due to the closure of testing labs on Sundays. It also registered 41 new hospitalizations and 12 deaths which brought the total death toll to 31,585.

    However, starting on Tuesday, more flexible rules will come into force in French for nursery and elementary schools where all classes can continue their regular activities even if a pupil tests positive. The student who tested positive will remain home while his classmates will carry on with school and await his or her return. A class will go into quarantine if at least three students test positive.

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