Maximum coronavirus alert level expected in Paris on Monday

Paris, Oct. 5 (BNA): French authorities are expected to impose the maximum coronavirus alert level in Paris and the immediate vicinity on Monday.


New security measures could, among other things, trigger the closure of cafes. Restaurants, on the other hand, could remain open with increased coronavirus precautionary measures, according to the French news agency AFP reported, citing the office of French Prime Minister Jean Castex, Deutsche press agency (dpa) reported.


French health minister Olivier Veran had last week announced sweeping new measures in a bid to halt a resurgence of the coronavirus, including shutting down all bars and restaurants in Marseille, Aix en Provence and the French oversees territory Guadeloupe.


In Paris, Lyon, Toulouse and eight other big cities, bars currently have to close by 10 pm at the latest, while all gyms are shut down.


The new measures will be presented by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo on Monday and will initially apply for 15 days, the agency reported.


France registered 12 565 new corona infections across the country within 24 hours, the authorities announced in the evening. The day before there were 16,972 new infections, a significant increase. France has been hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, with over 32,000 people having died so far.






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