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World Last night out in France as 20 million as virus curfew imposed

04:10  17 october  2020
04:10  17 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Millions of French people were out tonight to enjoy the night life before curfew . Millions of people across France 's largest cities are enjoying their last night of freedom ahead of the strict A state of health emergency in France was previously declared in March in response to spiralling infections as

( FRANCE 24) – France on Wednesday became the latest European country to toughen anti-coronavirus measures, imposing a curfew in Paris and We need to put a brake on the spread of the virus ," President Emmanuel Macron told public television, announcing a shutdown between 9:00 pm

Millions of French people enjoyed a last night of freedom on Friday before a Covid-19 curfew in Paris and other large cities came into force at midnight, for a least a month, prompted by an alarming surge in new cases.

a bottle of beer on a table: While the curfew has broad public support officials in several cities are worried about the heavy social and economic costs © THOMAS COEX While the curfew has broad public support officials in several cities are worried about the heavy social and economic costs

The curfew aims to keep some 20 million people home from 9 pm to 6 am from Saturday -- 30 percent of the French population.

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French President Emmanuel Macron has announced a late night curfew for residents in Paris, Marseille and seven other cities. The restriction, which will come into force on Saturday and last for at least four weeks, will mean residents will Shortly before the curfew was announced, the French

That meant that around 20 million people would be affected out of a total population of some 67 million. France 's upcoming Covid-19 curfew a concern for restaurants, theatres and cinemas. Earlier Wednesday, the French government re- imposed a national state of health emergency to allow

It was ordered by President Emmanuel Macron this week as the number of new infections and deaths raised the spectre of hospital overloads like those seen in March and April.

a building with a store on a city street: France restaurants slam 'absurd' Covid curfew © Antoine BOUTHIER France restaurants slam 'absurd' Covid curfew

Health authorities on Friday recorded more than 25,00 new coronavirus cases, after Thursday's record of over 30,000. A total of 122 people were said to have died of the virus in 24 hours.

The mood in the streets of the capital Paris ahead of the curfew taking effect was something akin to New Year 's Eve, with tables overflowing in bars and the sound of laughter in the air.

"We will enjoy it as much as possible, a restaurant, bar hopping and a little walk with friends on the Champs-Elysées", said 19-year-old Kurtys Magdelo who was out with friends.

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France became the latest European country to toughen its coronavirus measures, declaring a public health state of emergency and imposing a curfew on Paris and eight other cities. The French president Emmanuel Macron announced night restrictions for some 20 million people across Paris, Rouen

France managed to control the first outbreak by introducing a national lockdown. All companies in curfew areas will be asked to move towards having employees work from home for at But suddenly it feels like we are back where we began. Just as in March, we are warned of a virus that has become

a close up of a clock: The number of new Covid infections and deaths in France raised the spectre of hospital overloads like those seen in March and April. © Lionel BONAVENTURE The number of new Covid infections and deaths in France raised the spectre of hospital overloads like those seen in March and April.

- 'Never seen anything like it' -

New infections have been rising most rapidly among older citizens, with confirmed cases up by around two-thirds over the past six weeks, Sophie Vaux, an epidemiologist at the Sante Publique health agency, told reporters.

The situation in retirement homes has again become "very worrying", the agency said.

The ARS health authority for the southeastern Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region, which includes Grenoble, Lyon and Saint-Etienne, on Friday asked hospitals to cancel all non-urgent surgery to safeguard intensive care capacity for future Covid cases.

chart, box and whisker chart: Coronavirus in France © Simon MALFATTO Coronavirus in France

While the curfew has broad public support -- a Harris Interactive poll after Macron's announcement found 70 percent approval -- officials in several cities worried about the heavy social and economic costs of a measure set to last four weeks, or possibly six if the health situation fails to improve.

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France has imposed a nightly curfew on almost a third of its people to tackle a surge in coronavirus infections. He held out , but the coronavirus has now forced his hand. This week he introduced a state of In France , as in Spain and the UK, the Government has clearly lost control, but Mr Macron does

France will introduce a night -time curfew in major cities and re- impose a state of health emergency. «We have now entered a phase to which we must react The virus is everywhere in France It is the third time since last Friday that the daily new cases went above the 20 ,000 threshold.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo is pressing the government to ease the rules for theatres, cinemas and other cultural venues so that patrons can return home later.

- 'Loss of daily pleasures' -

Culture Minister Roselyne Bachelot backed the idea, but Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire poured cold water on any special treatment for live shows.

"If we start allowing multiple exceptions," he told French TV, "we're not going to make it".

Prime Minister Jean Castex added Friday: "The rules must apply to everyone".

Restaurant owners have complained bitterly about a measure they say makes little sense given the strict social distancing rules they have already applied.

"I've never seen anything like this in the 50 years I've been here," said Stain Roman, manager of La Mere Buonavista restaurant in Marseille, another city facing the curfew.

Marseille's mayor Michele Rubirola said residents were paying the price "through the loss of their daily pleasures, their freedom, or through economic hardship".

People will need a signed certificate or an electronic version downloaded to a phone for activities allowed during the curfew, such as walking their dog, or risk a fine of 135 euros ($160) just like during the two-month lockdown earlier this year.

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Belgium could also follow neighbours France in imposing a night -time It joined others in Germany in overturning government- imposed measures meant to contain the further spread of the virus . As France imposes curfews , even countries that previously managed well are struggling badly.

The curfew will extend from 9 p.m. each night to 6 a.m. the next morning. If you are caught outside Why did French President Emmanuel Macron announce this curfew that is currently scheduled to last four weeks? The virus is starting to surge again in France , triggering a new state of emergency.

Repeat offenders could face fines of up to 3,750 euros ($4,400).

- No travel restrictions -

The curfew measure, just ahead of the start of a two-week school holiday, contains no travel restrictions, raising the prospect that huge numbers of families will flee cities for the country.

That prompted officials in Le Touquet, a popular resort town on the English Channel, to impose its own curfew, with bars and restaurants ordered to close at 11:30 pm.

Nationwide, wedding celebrations and other parties in public venues as well as student parties have been outlawed, and people are being urged to limit gatherings in private homes to six people.

"We have to act. We need to put a brake on the spread of the virus," Macron said Wednesday when he also put the country back under a health state of emergency starting Saturday.

Public broadcaster France Television said it would do its bit to help people through the curfew by adding a feature film every night to its usual programming, mostly during prime time.

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