France’s extension of a light-weight Covid-19 lockdown from 19 areas together with Paris to the entire mainland and the Mediterranean island Corsica got here into impact on Sunday. It is going to final at the very least 4 weeks.
The French authorities had been making an attempt to stem Covid-19’s resurgence with regional measures – however now throughout the nation non-essential companies are closed and folks’s journeys are restricted to a 10km radius round their houses.
The definition of important companies is way extra expansive than it was in the course of the strict first lockdown in spring 2020: Bookshops, hairdressers, florists chocolate outlets, music outlets and automotive dealerships can all stay open.
The 6am-7pm curfew was prolonged to all of mainland France and Corsica.
Journey between completely different French areas has been banned throughout the nationwide gentle lockdown – except folks have a “compelling” or work-related motive for it.
Unveiling the measures on March 31, French President Emmanuel Macron additionally introduced that colleges can be closed ranging from Tuesday – for 3 weeks for nursery and first faculty pupils and 4 weeks for center and high-school college students. The “French exception” of maintaining colleges open for the reason that finish of the primary lockdown in spring 2020 had obtained intensifying criticism over the earlier weeks.
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The prolonged gentle lockdown measures got here into impact after France introduced on Saturday that 5,273 folks had been in intensive care with Covid-19, an increase of 19 from the day gone by.
This rise adopted a a lot larger soar on Friday – the very best in 5 months at 145.
France’s tally of confirmed circumstances is working at almost 40,000 new registered circumstances per day on common, having roughly doubled over the course of March. Well being authorities didn’t publish new case numbers on Saturday, citing an issue with the movement of information from some take a look at outcomes.
Macron pledged extra hospital beds to take care of critically sick Covid-19 sufferers in his March 31 televised deal with.
The president additionally vowed to “speed up the vaccine programme as a lot as potential” – promising that anybody over 60 will have the ability to get a jab from April 16 and anybody over 50 from Might 15. He emphasised that jabs are the route out of the nightmare: “Because of vaccines, the top of the disaster is on the horizon.”
However 58 p.c of French folks mentioned they don’t assume the vaccination marketing campaign will go in keeping with plan, in keeping with a ballot by Ifop printed in newspaper Le Journal de Dimanche on Sunday.
Because the EU’s troubled jab procurement programme has led to sluggish inoculation charges, France had given out a vaccine dose to simply 12.96 p.c of its inhabitants by April 1 – in comparison with 46.11 p.c within the UK, the place the vaccine programme has raced forward.
(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS, AP and AFP)