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France announces nationwide lockdown to contain 3rd wave of Covid-19 – Prime Time Zone

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The country has been registering more than 30 thousand new daily cases of infection with the new coronavirus over the past few weeks, which is causing an overload on the health system

EFE/EPA/IAN LANGSDONLockdown measures were already in place in some regions of France, including the capital Paris

Measures to lockdown that were already in place in some regions of the France will be extended to the entire national territory as of this Saturday, 3. The decision was announced this Wednesday, 31, by the president Emmanuel Macron, who stressed the need to contain the transmission of new coronavirus in the face of the saturation of the health system. For the next four weeks, non-essential trade is expected to remain closed and people will be banned from moving more than ten kilometers from their homes, as well as leaving between 7:00 pm and 6:00 am. Schools and day care centers will also not be allowed to operate, but for a shorter period of three weeks. At the same time, the French government will work on increasing the number of intensive care units, which will increase from 7,655 to 10,000, and on the vaccination campaign against Covid-19. The goal is to start immunizing those over 60 from April 16 and those over 50 from May 15.

President Emmanuel Macron had been under pressure in recent weeks to take more rigid action against the third wave of Covid-19, which already reaches much of the Europe. The decision of the last 18 days, to put only a third of the population in lockdown, did not please doctors and specialists, who asked for restrictions at the national level. On Wednesday, however, he acknowledged that no region in France is at risk and that quarantine is “the best solution to slow the virus”. Currently, more than 5,000 people are hospitalized in ICUs in the country, a number that has not been seen since April 2020. This Tuesday, 30, the country recorded more than 30,000 new cases of Covid-19. The reopening is expected to happen gradually from mid-May, with the return of cultural activities and the operation of cafes and restaurants.

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