France on Wednesday October 14, became the latest European nation to impose a month-long night-time curfew in Paris and eight other major cities and towns aimed at battling the Coronavirus ‘second wave.’
This strict State of Emergency measure is also extended to Lille, Rouen, Saint-Etienne, Toulouse, Lyon, Grenoble, Aix-en-Provence and Montpellier.
President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday said that the capital would shut down for 9 hours from 9 pm to 6 am in an effort to stop the disease from circulated.
At 9 p.m. Saturday, all pubs, restaurants, theatres, etc. are shut down.
The president of France announced that France was now "struck by the second wave," speaking to the country in an interview from the Elysée Palace on television.
This virus that we have known from the beginning and which has struck us for eight months, is coming back,’ he said.
‘We have not lost control. We are in a situation which is worrying and which justifies that we are neither inactive nor in panic.
‘It is equally worrying in other European countries, such as Germany which is also taking restrictive measures.
‘Spain and the Netherlands are also in a very worrying situation, and have taken very restrictive measures in recent days’.
It will kick-in from midnight on October 17 and will last for four weeks. Anyone breaking the curfew will face a fine of €135 euros, which will rise for repeat offences.
The new measures come four months after the last lockdown when the first Covid-19 wave hit.
Mr Macron said this State of Emergency was now set to be re-introduced, along with the other tougher measures, from Saturday.
The announcement comes after France recorded more than 22,000 cases on Wednesday – more than three-times the number of infections that were recovered during the first wave back in April.
And in Italy, authorities recorded 7,332 new cases on Wednesday, the highest daily count the hard-hit country has yet seen, while Belgium has warned that intensive care units will hit capacity by mid-November.