Australia Faced with Covid-19, 46 million French people subject to curfew: are you concerned?

21:55  22 october  2020
21:55  22 october  2020 Source:   lejdd.fr

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Le Premier ministre Jean Castex a annoncé jeudi l'instauration d'un couvre-feu de 21h à 6h dès vendredi soir pour © Reuters

Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on Thursday the establishment of a curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. from Friday evening for "54 departments in total as well as an overseas territory", ie for " 46 million French ".

"The situation is serious in France where the circulation of the virus is extremely high, Prime Minister Jean Castex said Thursday. The virus is accelerating, we must anticipate more." This is why from midnight on Saturday, and for a period of six weeks, the curfew, introduced from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., will be extended to 38 new departments, announced the tenant of Matignon. In total, 54 departments and an overseas collectivity, French Polynesia, will be fully affected by the measure, i.e. 46 million French people. Find the list of departments concerned further down in this article.

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# COVID19 | The progression of the epidemic has led us to extend the curfew measures to 38 new departments and an overseas community.

In these territories, the curfew will apply from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

These rules will come into effect as of midnight Friday. pic.twitter.com/dZwhPZGJuf

- Jean Castex (@JeanCASTEX) October 22, 2020

According to the Prime Minister, the incidence rate, i.e. the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 inhabitants, increased by 40% in one week, reaching 251 in the national territory. And the reproduction rate of the virus induces a doubling of the number of cases every two weeks.

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According to him, the first statistics of the curfew will not be known until next week and the government will then evolve we must maintain or tighten the measures taken. The latter will be "much harder" if the epidemic is not contained, insisted Jean Castex.

Jean Castex welcomed the fact that the French respected a "very restrictive" device: since Saturday, there have been 32,033 checks in the areas concerned and only 4,777 fines for non-compliance with the curfew.

List of the 54 departments affected by the curfew: Ain Hautes-Alpes Alpes-Maritimes Ardèche Ardennes Ariège Aube Aveyron Bouches-du-Rhône Calvados Corse-du-Sud Haute-Corse Côte-d'Or Drôme Gard Haute-Garonne Hérault Ille-et-Vilaine Indre-et-Loire Isère Jura Loire Haute-Loire Loiret Lozère Maine-et-Loire Marne Meurthe-et-Moselle Nord Oise Pas-de-Calais Puy-de-Dôme Pyrénées-Atlantiques Hautes-Pyrénées-Orientales Bas-Rhin - Strasbourg Rhône Saône-et-Loire Savoie Haute-Savoie Paris Seine-Maritime Seine-et-Marne Yvelines Tarn Tarn-et-Garonne Var Vaucluse Haute-Vienne Essonne Hauts-de-Seine Seine – Saint-Denis Val-de -Marne Val-d'Oise

We must add to this list an overseas community: French Polynesia.

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