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Macron announces curfew for 9 French cities, including Paris

Paris /  The French government has announced a state of emergency and curfew for nine cities including the capital Paris as the country grapples with a major resurgence of coronavirus infections.

The curfew, which will be from 9pm until 6am, will take effect from Saturday 17 October and will last an initial period of four weeks.

In a televised interview on Wednesday night, president Emmanuel Macron said the restrictions would likely be extended to six weeks unless the virological situation improves.

“We have not lost control, but we are in a worrying situation,” Macron said.

“The disease is coming back. We are in a second wave” that has forced authorities to act, he added.

France has been reporting 20,000 new cases on average per day, and around 200 people are being admitted to intensive care units each day.

“This means that our ICUs are under pressure which is not sustainable,” the president said, noting that officials were aiming to bring the average daily caseload down to between 3,000 and 5,000.

The emergency declaration by the government allows for tougher restrictions such as a curfew to be imposed, although Macron said another general lockdown like the ones seen in spring at the start of the pandemic at this stage would be “disproportionate”.

But he insisted on the urgent need to clamp down on gatherings in private such as parties, which he called “vectors of acceleration”.

The curfew will affect Paris, where Macron said the virus was spreading “very actively”, as well as Marseilles-Aix en Provence, Lyon, Lille, Grenoble, Montpellier, Toulouse, Rouen and Saint Etienne.

Nobody will be allowed outside after 9pm without official permission, and anyone caught breaking curfew will be fined 130 euro ($152).

The announcement of a curfew affecting around 20 million people comes after weeks of steadily rising case numbers that previous measures such as enforced wearing of masks, earlier closing times for bars and stricter hygiene regulations for restaurants failed to stem.

The virus is spreading particularly rapidly in the Ile-de-France region in and around Paris, where an average of 320.9 people out of 100,000 are infected and Covid-19 patients are taking up 45 percent of ICU beds.

Macron warned that unlike in the first wave of the pandemic when eastern France and Paris were the worst affected, the virus is now much more evenly spread around the country, meaning there are fewer beds to relocate patients too when ICU wards become full.

“We do not have beds to spare,” he said.  (October 14, 2020, EFE/EPA / PracticaEspañol)

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de lo que ha anunciado el presidente de Francia.
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del número de casos nuevos de coronavirus que se registran cada día en Francia.
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del número de fallecimientos por COVID-19 en Francia.
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Macron desmiente que vaya a haber más restricciones por la pandemia del coronavirus.
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Macron descarta que se tengan que tomar medidas más estrictas por la COVID-19.
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habrá toque de queda en nueve ciudades francesas.
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a partir de esta semana se podrá ir a los restaurantes a cualquier hora.
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también habrá toque de queda en la capital de Francia.
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los franceses ya no tendrán que llevar de forma obligatoria la mascarilla.
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la situación ha mejorado notablemente en Francia.
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el Gobierno francés toma estas medidas para intentar controlar la expansión del coronavirus en el país.
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todo el mundo tendrá que trabajar desde casa de forma obligatoria durante meses.
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Macron reconoce que por ahora no se deben tomar medidas muy estrictas.
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por ahora no hay ningún paciente con COVID-19 en cuidados intensivos en Francia.
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el Gobierno francés toma estas medidas para intentar controlar la expansión del coronavirus en el país.
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puede durar más de un mes.
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comienza el mes que viene.
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ya se está aplicando.
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todas las terrazas están vacías.
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