12hr Covid curfews introduced for all of France for at the least 15 days, PM says strain on hospitals is ‘excessive’

    The whole lot of France shall be positioned below a 6pm-6am curfew for at the least 15 days from Saturday in a bid to ease the strain of Covid-19 on the nation's well being system, Prime Minister Jean Castex introduced on Thursday.

</p><div><p>The 12-hour curfews are at present already in place for 25 of mainland France's 95 administrative areas – generally known as departements – however they may 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 all the nation,” the PM mentioned throughout a televised information convention.

“The strain on our hospitals stays secure, however is at a excessive degree,” Castex added, explaining that the incidence price of the virus among the many inhabitants is now at a mean of fifty instances 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 nations should present a detrimental PCR check, after which isolate for seven days instantly after arrival.

All indoor sports activities and actions shall be banned, however French faculties can stay open for a mixture of distance studying and face-to-face instructing, 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, immediately, on a brand new lockdown,” Castex added, in a potential trace of stronger measures to return if the state of affairs worsens.

Greater than 69,000 individuals have died from Covid-19 in France, the world’s seventh highest loss of life toll, whereas the nation has been averaging round 18,000 new infections daily for the previous week. 

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