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French PM to hold COVID-19 news conference on Thursday

FILE PHOTO: French Prime Minister Jean Castex delivers a speech during a ceremony to pay tribute to the victims of a deadly knife attack at Notre Dame basilica on October 29, 2020 in Nice, France November 7, 2020. Valery Hache/Pool via REUTERS

PARIS (Reuters) - French Prime Minister Jean Castex will hold a news conference on Thursday regarding the COVID-19 situation in France, with the country almost two weeks into a new national lockdown imposed to rein in the pandemic.

Castex’s office said on Tuesday that his news conference would take place at 6pm local time on Thursday (1700 GMT).

France’s new COVID-19 infections were sharply down over 24 hours on Monday, as they always tend to do at the beginning of the week, but deaths and hospitalisations linked to the disease were sharply up again.

Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Benoit Van Overstraeten