Paris is set to lockdown as France fears ‘third wave’ of Covid-19

Paris is set to lockdown as France fears 'third wave' of Covid-19
Some 1,200 people are said to be in intensive care in hospitals across Paris. Source: EPA
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Daily US Times: Paris is set to go into a month-long coronavirus lockdown as France fears a third wave.

Another 15 departments in the country will also be placed under the same lockdown measures from midnight on Friday.

These measures will not be as strict as the previous coronavirus lockdown as French PM Jean Castex said, with people allowed to exercise outdoors.

Withing the past 24 hours, France has recorded more than 35,000 new Covid-19 infections.

Prime Minister Jean Castex said a “third wave” of coronavirus infections in the country was looking increasingly likely.

The situation in Paris, the capital of France, is particularly worrying with 1,200 people in intensive care there, more than at the peak of the second wave in November, according to Health Minister Olivier Veran.

Under the new measures, schools will remain open but non-essential businesses will be forced to close. People will not allowed to travel to other parts of the country unless they have a valid reason but they will be allowed to exercise outdoors within 10km of their home. Those in the coronavirus affected areas will have to fill out a form to explain why they are travelling.

The nationwide curfew of the country will remain in place. However, it will begin an hour later at 19:00 local time, taking into account the longer hours of daylight.

Fears of a third wave of Covid-19 infection come as the government of France faces criticism for its slow vaccine rollout.

France will resume vaccinating using the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab from Friday following the EMA’s announcement that it was fit for use. Prime Minister Castex said he would be getting the vaccine straight away to prove that it was okay.

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