France announces new lockdown for Paris amid soaring Covid cases


Almost exactly one year after France introduced its first coronavirus lockdown, French Prime Minister Jean Castex has announced new confinement measures to combat a fresh surge of Covid-19 cases.

From midnight on Friday, residents of 16 departments will only be allowed to leave home under specific circumstances, though the restrictive measures are less strict than the first lockdown last March.

The restrictions will be introduced in Paris and its surrounding Ile-de-France region, as well as in Hauts-de-France and parts of Normandy in the north of the country.

Only essential shops will remain open, inter-regional travel is banned, and anyone travelling more than 10km from home or in the evenings will need to fill out a form explaining the purpose of their trip. Schools will remain open and outdoor activities are permitted.

A nationwide curfew has already been in place between 6pm and 6am every day for the last two months, which remains in place, though this has not managed to slow the spread of the disease.


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