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President Macron imposes fresh lockdown as COVID-19 spreads in France

French President Emmanuel Macron announced Wednesday a new coronavirus lockdown till at least December 1, hoping to bring under control an outbreak that’s poised to overwhelm hospitals in a matter of days.

“The virus is spreading across France at a pace that even essentially the most pessimistic didn’t predict,” Macron stated in a highly anticipated tv tackle.

He admitted {that a} curfew for Paris and different main cities imposed two weeks in the past had didn’t cease a second wave of instances that has despatched the demise toll in France to almost 35,000.

“As elsewhere in Europe, we’re overwhelmed by a second wave that may in all probability be more difficult and deadly than the first,” Macron stated.

“If we did nothing… inside a couple of months we’d have not less than 400,000 extra deaths,” he stated.

Already greater than 3,000 intensive care sufferers are forcing hospitals to scramble for beds, and “it doesn’t matter what we do, almost 9,000 folks will likely be in intensive care by mid-November,” he warned.

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The Sante Publique France health agency on Wednesday reported 244 new virus deaths over the past 24 hours, and greater than 36,000 new constructive assessments.

– ‘Economy must not cease’ –

Beginning Thursday evening, bars, eating places and non-essential companies will likely be compelled to shut, and written statements will likely be required for folks to depart their houses.

“Keep at house as a lot as potential, and respect the foundations,” he urged.

However not like throughout the two-month lockdown imposed final spring, college students as much as high-school stage will proceed to go to high school.

Universities, which have been the supply of a number of virus clusters since September, can have on-line courses solely.

Factories and farms may also be allowed to function, and a few public companies will operate, to restrict the financial injury that may come from shutting down the nation completely.

Professional athletes may also be permitted to proceed training and competing.

“The financial system should not cease, nor collapse,” Macron stated, although working from house would be the norm for corporations that may handle it.

He has promised extra financial relief for companies, acknowledging that many had been hoping to remain open forward of the essential vacation season that now appears jeopardised.

“If in two weeks, we’ve the state of affairs below higher management, we can re-evaluate issues and hopefully open some companies, particularly for the Christmas vacation,” he stated.

“I hope we’ll be capable of have a good time Christmas and the New 12 months with household,” he stated.

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