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France will not force hospitals to choose which patients to treat in COVID crisis

FILE PHOTO: Northern French hospital battles to save lives

PARIS (Reuters) – France will not let hospitals to be in a situation where they have to choose which patients to treat, amid a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic, Health Minister Olivier Veran told parliament on Tuesday.

“We will not let doctors be in a situation where they have to choose among patients,” Veran said.

Veran said the next 24-48 hours would be key in assessing the impact of measures taken 10 days ago to limit the spread of highly contagious variants and that the government was ready to take additional measures if necessary.

(Reporting by Dominique Vidalon, Geert de Clercq; Editing by Alison Williams)

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