A lockdown has been announced in France following the uncontrolled spread of Covid virus.
The announcement was made by President Emmanuel Macron Lockdown. The lockdown will take effect from midnight today until December 1. Earlier this month, night curfews were announced in Paris and other major cities, but the lock-down decision came after the measure proved inadequate to reduce infections.
The president announced on television that bars, restaurants and non-essential businesses would be closed. But unlike the lockdown of the past two months, Macron said students will continue to go to school.
Factories and farms will be allowed to operate, and some public services will be set up to limit the economic damage caused by the country’s complete closure, the president said.
The corona virus is spreading across France at an unpredictable rate.
“Like last spring, you will be able to leave your home only for work, for a doctor’s visit, to help a relative, do essential shopping or go out shortly for air.” Macron said.
He said that air travel should also be reduced and written submission is mandatory for departure and the situation will be assessed within two weeks.
If the situation is favorable then, the restrictions will be relaxed. We hope everyone will be able to celebrate Christmas and New Year with their families, said Macron.
More than 3,000 Covid-19 patients are in intensive care beds, and by November it is expected to reach 9,000, Macron said.
The target is to increase the number of intensive care beds to 10,000, from 5,800. More than 523 new deaths from the corona virus were reported in France yesterday.
According to Reuters, 35,000 people have died in France so far, the seventh highest in the world.