France enters new lockdown as Covid-19 cases surge

Photo: AP Emmanuel Macron

France has entered its third strict national lockdown with tough restrictions as it faces a surge in new cases of Covid-19 that threatens to flood the country's hospitals, BBC reported. All schools and non-essential shops will shut for four weeks, and a curfew will be in place from 19:00 to 06:00. However, President Emmanuel Macron has promised more hospital beds for Covid patients.

France reported on Saturday that 5,273 people were in intensive care units (ICU) for Covid-19, Reuters elaborated.The rise in ICU patients on Saturday followed a much bigger jump the day before - the highest in five months, at 145. Macron had hoped to steer France out of the pandemic without having to impose a third national lockdown that would further batter an economy still reeling from last year’s slump.

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