Some 20 million French individuals spent their first night underneath curfew on Saturday because the well being ministry reported greater than 32,000 new confirmed circumstances of Covid-19, the very best single-day tally for the reason that begin of the pandemic.
The 9pm to 6am curfew got here into power within the Paris area and eight different giant cities, affecting practically a 3rd of the nation’s inhabitants.
Folks will want a certificates for permitted actions, comparable to journey to or from work, for medical consideration, to go to a dependent relative or to stroll a canine.
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Those that don’t comply danger a high-quality of 135 euros ($160), whereas repeat offenders may face fines of as much as 3,750 euros ($4,400).
Some 12,000 law enforcement officials and gendarmes, along with municipal police groups, will likely be deployed to implement the curfew.
The French authorities says the curfew is important to stem the surge in new coronavirus circumstances, which handed the 150,000-mark throughout Europe on Friday.
The French well being ministry reported a document variety of new confirmed circumstances on Saturday at 32,427, a day after reporting 25,086.
The overall variety of infections for the reason that begin of the 12 months now stands at 867,197 whereas the full variety of deaths stands at 33,392, up by 90 from Friday.
No journey restrictions
Restaurant house owners, for whom the second a part of the night represents an necessary a part of turnover, have complained in regards to the curfew.
“Closing at 9pm can have no impact (on the epidemic). They are not attacking it in the correct approach,” mentioned Gerard, the supervisor of a Toulouse restaurant.
However the authorities says a curfew is the one method to keep away from one other crippling lockdown, which might inflict higher harm on the financial system.
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The curfew measure, which comes simply forward of a two-week faculty vacation, incorporates no journey restrictions, elevating the prospect that massive numbers of households will flee cities for the nation.
Scheduled to final at the very least 4 weeks, the curfew might be prolonged if the epidemic doesn’t present indicators of abating. President Emmanuel Macron has already talked about the date of December 1.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP, REUTERS)