French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe on Thursday detailed his governments plan for easing Covid-19 confinement measures on May 11, warning that the exit from lockdown would be gradual and targeted to stem a resurgence of the viral outbreak.
The prime minister confirmed that May 11 would mark the beginning of a “progressive” exit from lockdown, ending almost two months of strict confinement for Frances 67-million-strong population.
“Next Monday will mark the start of a very gradual process stretching over several weeks at least, which will allow the country to emerge slowly but steadily from the lockdown,” Philippe told a news conference, hours after the government put the final touches to its highly-anticipated roadmap.
Philippe said the government was looking to “strike the right balance between the indispensable resumption of economic (…) life and the indispensable need” to ensure the safety of the public. He said the exit from lockdown would be “differentiated”, with restrictions to be lifted gradually and varying between regions.
“The country is cut in two, with the virus circulating more quickly in some regions,” he explained.