French health minister Olivier Véran has announced the start of a massive test campaign in the Paris metropolitan area to identify “possible foci” of COVID-19, with the aim of exceeding one million exams.
Véran said in statements to the newspaper “Le Monde” that “almost 1.3 million” residents of Ile-de-France will receive a proposal for the test “even if they have no symptoms” because “they transmit the virus can without knowing it “.
The minister does not rule out extending this “experiment” to other regions of France, particularly those where there have been more cases. It also urged the population to avoid “large concentrations and risky behaviors” after the Paris Music Festival sparked controversy.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, in which nearly 200,000 cases have been reported, more than 29,700 people have been killed in France. The government of Emmanuel Macron, which decided in March to restrict the spread of the virus, has gradually lifted the restrictions.