France, like other European countries, has decided to slow the spread of the virus, open the € 2.3 trillion ($ 2.71 trillion) economy, protect jobs and relieve pressure on the tense health system again. It is working.
On Wednesday it reported 22,591 new cases of coronavirus. The third time in 6 days, the daily tally exceeded the 20,000 threshold. The virus has killed more than 32,000 people in France.
Macron said France had not lost control of the virus, but added that “we are in a worrying situation.”
According to Macron, people under the curfew should forget to visit restaurants and friends’ homes at night, but important trips under the curfew will still be allowed.
Violations of the curfew will result in a fine of € 135 ($ 221).
There are no restrictions on public transport, and people can move between areas without restrictions. However, family gatherings should be limited to 6 people or less.
According to Macron, the goal was to reduce the current number of 20,000 new cases per day to about 3,000, significantly reducing the burden on the hospital’s intensive care unit.
“We will overcome this,” the president said.
The French government previously announced a state of emergency in March of this year, when pandemic hospitalization was nearing its peak.
At that time, authorities used their extra power to order people to stay home, except for essential work, food purchases, or an hour of exercise each day.
The state of emergency was lifted in mainland France in July after the number of COVID-19 cases decreased. But since then, the number of illnesses has skyrocketed.
France’s Macron has announced a curfew to combat the coronavirus surge
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