World News – UA – France to impose four-week national lockdown


French President Emmanuel Macron is set to impose a new four-week national lockout to stop the spread of Covid-19, French media say

The announcement would follow a record number of new cases in France that have put pressure on hospitals, and a surprising increase in deaths from coronaviruses

Macron is due to make a televised speech on Wednesday evening after holding a second emergency meeting with government ministers Prime Minister Jean Castex has also met with union leaders and opposition parties to justify the need for measures more stringent

Large parts of France, including Paris, have been put on a nighttime curfew, but officials say it was not enough to stop the virus

There had been speculation the government would introduce an earlier curfew or partial lockdowns in areas worst affected by Covid-19 However, on Tuesday evening it was widely reported that Macron would announce national lockdown four-week lockdown similar to the two-month lockdown imposed in March and April

The details were a matter of speculation, but it was suggested that all bars and restaurants across the country would be required to close It was not clear whether all stores would be allowed to stay open or only those that were selling products essentials, such as when locking the spring

BFMTV reported that official sources had confirmed that schools and some public services would remain open, but other reports suggested that high and high schools would close

The new restrictions aim to stem a dramatic spike in coronavirus infections in France over the past week Tuesday’s figures from Santé Publique France, the public health authority, reported 33,417 new confirmed cases of Covid -19 in the last 24 hours, down from the record 52,010 reported on Saturday

The number of intensive care patients with coronavirus has increased from 148 to 2,918 and there have been 288 more deaths attributed to the virus in the past 24 hours There were 235 more deaths in care and nursing facilities in France the previous week

On Monday, the chairman of the French scientific committee advising the government, Jean-François Delfraissy, told RTL radio that he believed the number of new cases of Covid-19 could reach 100,000 and that his committee was surprised of the « brutality » Of the second wave

« We are in a difficult, even critical situation We are anticipating a second wave but we ourselves are surprised by the brutality of what has happened in the last 10 days The second wave will probably be worse than the first », said Delfraissy

He added: « A lot of people still have not realized what lies ahead This wave is invading Europe… it will last for several weeks, even a month or two »

Emmanuel Macron, France, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Islam, Turkey

World News – AU – France to impose four-week national lockdown



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