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France implements state of emergency, curfew to stem virus

Health officials say France is undergoing a second wave of Covid-19 infections.

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French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday announced that nightly curfews will be imposed in Paris and other cities, as a state of emergency has been declared in the country to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.

In an interview broadcast on national television, Macron said the curfew, effective from Saturday, will be imposed from 9pm to 6am in Ile-de-France region, where the capital Paris is located, and eight other cities, Anadolu Agency reported.

The report said in addition to Paris and the region surrounding it, the new measures also targeted the cities of Lille, Grenoble, Lyon, Aix-Marseille, Montpellier, Rouen, Saint-Etienne, and Toulouse.

The measures are the latest imposed by the president to help stem the spread of the coronavirus, in what has been deemed by health officials as a second wave.

France’s health ministry on Wednesday reported 22,591 new Covid-19 infections, with cases now totalling 779,063. The death toll in the country reached 33,037 as 104 new fatalities were reported over the past 24 hours.

Macron also called for limiting gatherings to no more than six people.
He said those receiving work welfare benefits and housing aid would receive €100 to €150 per child over the next six weeks.

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