Coronavirus: Nightly curfew will be imposed in Paris and other French cities

A new national lockdown is not envisaged, French President Macron said

In an interview on Wednesday night, broadcast on national television, French President Emmanuel Macron announced curfews will be imposed in Paris and other major cities to try to curb the spread of coronavirus. The curfews will take effect from Saturday, and will run daily from 9pm (1900 GMT) until 6am the following morning, Macron said.

The curfews will be imposed in the greater Paris region, Marseille, Toulouse, Montpellier and five other cities. The restriction will remain in force for four weeks. Anyone violating a curfew to be imposed will be fined €135.

Macron said that, while the curfew lasts, people would have to forget about night-time visits to restaurants or to friends' houses. Essential trips during curfew would still be allowed.

He said there would be no restrictions on public transport, and people would still be able to travel between French regions without restrictions.

France’s government had already put Paris, seven other cities and the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe under maximum virus alert, closing bars, banning student parties and capping the size of gatherings, FRANCE 24 recalls.

As of Wednesday morning, 1,539 people were in intensive care across France, which has a total capacity of some 5,000 beds. France reported about 180 positive coronavirus cases per 100,000 people during the past week, and higher concentrations in some cities. France has 798,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and nearly 33,000 deaths.


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