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French authorities imposes curfew on Paris and other cities.

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As from Saturday, French authorities will be imposing a curfew on Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Lille and four other cities, in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus. The curfew will affect around 20 million people, out of a total population of 67 million.

On Wednesday night, President Macron said on Prime-TV, that they could not just stand by and not act.

We have to act. We need to put a break on the spread of the virus.

President Emmanuel Macron.

The curfew is expected to last 6 weeks, and people are expected to stay off the streets from 9pm till 6am. Paris Mayor Anne Hildago said that all Parisians must obey the new measures and ‘remain united’.

Faced with the heavy circulation of #COVID_19 in France and in Paris, we must remain united and apply the measures announced by the President of the Republic, even if they are harsh. It is a new ordeal, and we will face it, together and in solidarity with caregivers.

Paaris Mayor Anne Hidalgo

The French Health Ministry reported 22,950 new cases on Wednesday, and around 32% of intensive care unit beds are currently occupied by COVID patients. President Macron said that he aims to reduce the number of cases to between 3,000 and 5,000 and that the French people must live with the virus until next summer.

People will have to forget about night-time visits to restaurants or to friends’ houses.’

President Emmanuel Macron

Essential travel would still be allowed during these coming weeks. Anyone caught violating the new rules will be fined €135. As of Thursday, the total number of cases in France is 779,063, while the number of deaths is 33,037.

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