WORLD France reports 923 new Covid-19 cases, senior officials hope for ‘majority immunity’

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France reports 923 new Covid-19 cases, senior officials hope for ‘majority immunity’

By Ge Wenbo | People's Daily

06:13, March 16, 2020

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Volunteers wearing masks and gloves wait for voters in a polling station during local elections in Lyon, central France, March 15, 2020. (Photo: AP) 

Paris (People’s Daily) - France’s Ministry of Health announced on Sunday confirmed 923 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the nationwide tally to 5,423 infected patients and 127 fatalities.

The first round of abstentions in the French municipal elections held on the same day reached 56 percent, a historical record.

Earlier in the day, Minister of National Education Jean-Michel Blanquer said, "As you know, from the start, the strategy has not been to prevent the virus from passing - we know that it will probably pass through more than half of us - but it is to make sure that it passes in the most spread possible way in time.”

Balnquer said, "We consider, and here I am only repeating what the scientists say, that 50 to 70 percent of the population ends up being contaminated by the virus, and it is moreover that which puts an end to the virus since it creates a form of majority immunity, and therefore the virus dies out by itself.”

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