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France calls on citizens to learn to live with COVID-19

Paris: French President Emmanuel Macron called on citizens to learn to live with the coronavirus after infections spiralled higher in recent weeks.

“To overcome the health crisis, we must learn to live with the virus,” Macron tweeted, calling on people to show unity and assume responsibility to contain the epidemic resurgence, Xinhua news agency reported.

Macron said he had chaired a defense council over the epidemic situation “to organize with the best possible conditions taking into account the epidemic evolution,” the start of the new academic year and work condition, after social mixing during summer vacation had led to faster virus spread and increasing clusters.

The president pledged “clear rules everywhere to allow everyone to regain confidence.”

As of August 26, France confirmed 3,304 new coronavirus cases. Some 33 active clusters were detected, bringing the total to 352.

A total of 248,158 infections have been identified since the epidemic outbreak, according to the country’s Health Public Agency.

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