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French health minister Veran: cannot exclude third wave of COVID

FILE PHOTO: French Health Minister Olivier Veran delivers a speech during a news conference on the new anti-coronavirus disease (COVID-19) measures, at the Hotel Matignon in Paris, France October 22, 2020. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS

PARIS (Reuters) - French Health Minister Olivier Veran said on Thursday that he could not rule out a third wave of the COVID-19 virus, as France and Germany enacted new lockdowns to tackle a second wave of the pandemic that has emerged over the last month.

Veran also told France Info radio that there were probably around 1 million people contaminated with the COVID-19 virus currently in France.

Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Alison Williams