The French health ministry announced on Wednesday it would be banning the use of hydroxychloroquine as a cure for coronavirus.

“Whether [in doctors’ offices] in the cities or in the hospital, this … should not be prescribed for patients with COVID-19,” the ministry said in a statement quoted by Politico.

The decision follows the publication last week of a study in the Lancet, which indicated that using the drug on COVID-19 patients could increase their likelihood of dying, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual press conference.

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