(15 Oct 2020) French President Emmanuel Macron has announced that millions of French citizens in several regions around the country, including in Paris, will have to respect a 9pm curfew from this Saturday until Dec. 1.
The new measure aimed at curbing the second wave of the coronavirus that have surged across Europe.
The measures will require citizens in certain regions where the virus is spreading to be at home before 9pm.
"We have to protect the most vulnerable, our caregivers ... Our goal is to curb the virus. We must reduce the number of cases per day to 3000 or 4000. Our goal is to reduce private contacts. What is called the curfew is a measure that is appropriate," Macron said.
The curfew will apply to Paris and eight other regions: Grenoble, Lille, Lyon, Aix-Marseille, Toulouse, Montpellier, Saint-Etienne.
Many Parisians were not surprised by this decision.
"I think it was unavoidable, I think that the people should be more reasonable, especially in bars, even though I understand people want to have fun. Sometimes they carry the virus without knowing and transmit it without knowing," said Marie-Christine, while shopping at the Bastille market.
Aurelien Rousseau, director of the Paris region’s public health agency, have said that nearly half of intensive care beds are now occupied by coronavirus patients, with other hospital beds filling rapidly too.
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