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Increasing rate of infection in France leads to border closure concerns

National News // Aug. 21, 2020

The increasing rate of infection in France is leading to worries of the border being closed once again.

Unsplash Increasing rate of infection in France leads to border closure concerns

Yesterday French authorities revealed 4,771 people had caught the virus in the last 24 hours. The figure means an infection rate of 43 per 100,000.

The Swiss government deems a number over 60 as dangerous, but there are concerns the situation could worsen.

A spokesman for the Geneva Department of Health stresses any decision on the border is matter for Bern, but Laurent Paoliello speculates any quarantine rules would be waived for cross-border workers – but Swiss residents would likely be banned from crossing into France without having to quarantine for 10 days – even for a shopping trip.

He says France and Geneva are already working together to control the spread of the disease.

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