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Lockdown impact on COVID-19 epidemics in regions across metropolitan France

Updated: Jun 16, 2022

Published in The Lancet

Simon Cauchemez, Cécile Tran Kiem, Juliette Paireau, Patrick Rolland, Arnaud Fontanet

Lockdowns have been used by most European countries in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In France, a national lockdown was implemented on March 17, 2020. Some have questioned the need for a nationwide implementation given that most hospital admissions were concentrated in two of 13 regions; others have even questioned the impact of the lockdown on severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) spread, arguing that the natural epidemic peak was about to be reached. Here we discuss the impact of lockdown on COVID-19 epidemics in regions across metropolitan France.

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