PARIS – France will impose a night curfew on nearly a third of the country’s population of 67 million to cope with resurgence. Corona VirusPresident Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday that a new national lockdown is not envisioned.
Macron announced the curfew, which will go into effect on Saturday and run from 9 pm until 6 am the next day, shortly after the government announced a new public health emergency.
The president said the curfew, which will remain in effect for four weeks, will be imposed in the Greater Paris region, Marseille, Toulouse, Montpellier and five other cities.
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Macron said anyone who violates the curfew imposed in major cities will be fined 135 euros ($ 158.61).
Macron said that while the curfew continues, people will have to forget about nighttime visits to restaurants or friends’ homes. And essential trips will still be allowed during curfew.
He said there would be no restrictions on public transportation, and people would still be able to move between French regions without restrictions.
“We have to respond,” Macron said in an interview on national television.
Macron said France has not lost control of the virus, but added: “We are in an alarming situation.”
France reported 22,591 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, the third time in six days that the daily number has exceeded the 20,000 threshold.
The virus has killed more than 32,000 people in France.
The state of emergency gives officials greater powers to impose new restrictions.
The French government previously announced The state of public health emergency in March this yearWhen hospital treatment because of the epidemic was nearing its climax.
At the time, authorities used their extra powers to order people to stay home except for basic work, food purchases, or exercise for one hour a day.