Everything of France will probably be positioned below a 6pm-6am curfew for no less than 15 days from Saturday in a bid to ease the stress of Covid-19 on the nation’s well being system, Prime Minister Jean Castex introduced on Thursday.
The 12-hour curfews are at present already in place for 25 of mainland France’s 95 administrative areas – often known as departements – however they’ll now be prolonged to the remainder of the nation, which is at present below an 8pm curfew.
“Whereas the resumption of the epidemic was concentrated on the finish of December in sure departments, viral circulation now issues your complete nation,” the PM mentioned throughout a televised information convention.
“The stress on our hospitals stays secure, however is at a excessive stage,” Castex added, explaining that the incidence charge of the virus among the many inhabitants is now at a median of 50 circumstances per 100,000 individuals.
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Castex additionally introduced different well being measures, together with that from Monday all arrivals from non-EU international locations should present a unfavorable PCR take a look at, after which isolate for seven days instantly after arrival.
All indoor sports activities and actions will probably be banned, however French faculties can stay open for a mixture of distance studying and face-to-face educating, although with none mixing of pupils between courses or in canteens.
“If we see a robust deterioration of the epidemic in coming days, we must resolve, at once, on a brand new lockdown,” Castex added, in a doable trace of stronger measures to come back if the state of affairs worsens.
Greater than 69,000 individuals have died from Covid-19 in France, the world’s seventh highest demise toll, whereas the nation has been averaging round 18,000 new infections day by day for the previous week.
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