France lockdown: Is France in lockdown again? State of emergency declared

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Coronavirus cases in France, like many other areas of Europe, have risen sharply in recent weeks as COVID-19 comes back for a second wave in Europe. Emmanuel Macron has briefed France regarding their current coronavirus rate and has imposed new rules in high risk areas.

Is France in lockdown again?

France is not currently in lockdown, but restrictions are in place on daily life, including a new curfew in badly affected areas.

Between the hours of 9pm and 6am, residents of certain areas in France will not be able to visit friends or go to bars and restaurants.

The curfew does not extend to public transport and people travelling within regions.

Jogging and dog-walking will still be allowed during the curfew but, as happened during the two-month lockdown earlier, a signed permit will be required, which can be downloaded onto a phone.

Wedding celebrations and other parties are now banned.

The worst affected areas are Paris, Ill-de-France, Grenoble, Lille, Lyon, Aix-Marseille, Saint Etienne and Toulouse

The curfew is expected to last four weeks.

Fines for breaking the curfew are currently levelled at €135 (£122), rising to ten times the sum for repeat offenders.

A state of emergency has been declared.

Around 1633 people are in intensive care in France – making up 32 percent of France’s 5000 intensive care places.

There are around 9,100 people in hospital with COVID-19 currently.

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According to France24, Mr Macron said 1.3 to 1.4 million tests are being administered every week.

Announcing the new rules, President Macron insisted that France has not lost control of the virus.

He said: “We have to act. We need to put a brake on the spread of the virus.

“We won’t be leaving the restaurant after 9pm.

“We won’t be partying with friends because we know that that’s where the contamination risk is greatest.”

He added: “The message I want to send this evening is that I need each of you, we need each other, to find solutions.

“We will come out of this stronger, because we will be more united. We will get through this, together.”

He also urged residents to limit gathering in their homes to six people and to wear face masks wherever possible.

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