Macron mandates strict curfew in Paris amid COVID-19 second wave

Macron mandates strict curfew in Paris amid COVID-19 second wave


The French government has declared a state of emergency as it battles a second-wave of coronavirus cases — putting in place a strict curfew in Paris and eight other cities to try and curb the rapid spread.

Approximately 18 million French citizens won’t be allowed out between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. starting on Saturday, President Emmanuel Macron announced Wednesday. The curfew will last for at least four weeks.

“We won’t go to restaurants after 9 p.m., we won’t’ see friends, we won’t party, because that’s how to pass on the virus,” Macron said.

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Anyone found to be breaking the curfew will face a fine of up to $160. The other regions affected include Marseille, Grenoble, Lille, Lyon, Toulouse, Montpellier, Rouen, and Saint-Etienne.

News of the curfew comes as France’s health ministry reported 22,950 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday and said COVID-19 patients now occupy a third (32 percent) of the country’s intensive care beds.

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