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France still far above goal of 5,000 COVID-19 cases per day - top health official

FILE PHOTO: Police officers on horses conduct a control to check exemption certificates and verify the identity on the Champs-Elysee avenue as France re-imposed a monthlong nationwide lockdown aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), in Paris October 31, 2020. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

PARIS (Reuters) - France is still far from reducing its number of new COVID-19 cases per day to 5,000, and the risk of a strong rebound of the pandemic remains high, the health ministry’s top official said on Monday.

“For the last few days, the level of infections has stopped falling,” Jerome Salomon told a press conference.

Two government sources told Reuters that France may have to delay unwinding some COVID-19 lockdown restrictions next week after signs that the downward trend in new infections had flattened out.

Writing by Richard Lough; Editing by Hugh Lawson