France declares emergency due to second wave of COVID-19, night-time curfew imposed in Paris

France declares emergency due to second wave of COVID-19, night-time curfew imposed in Paris

France is once again under Coronavirus radar. The country admitted to suffering from the second wave of the deadly virus, which has already claimed lakhs of innocent lives across the globe. To contain the virus from spreading, France has declared a state of emergency and has imposed night-time curfew in Paris and eight other regions.

The French Government in a statement said, “The COVID-19 epidemic constitutes a public health disaster which, by its character and its severity, puts at risk the health of the population. It justifies the declaration of the state of emergency so that measures can be adopted … which are strictly proportionate to the public health risks.”

French President Emmanuel Macron took to Twitter to make the announcement. He wrote, “A curfew will be established from 9 PM to 6 AM in health emergency zones.”

The curfew will be effective Friday at midnight in Paris and eight other metropolitan regions in France. Nearly a third of the country’s population will have to face night lockdown for the next four weeks at least. Besides Paris, metropolitan regions around Marseille, Lyon, Toulouse, Saint Etienne, Montpellier, Rouen, Lille and Grenoble will also be under curfew. All the shops, restaurants and public places will remain closed.

The state of emergency also bans people from organising private parties like weddings. Further, gathering of a maximum of six people will be accepted during the phase. If someone is caught breaking the curfew rules, they will be fined about $160 (INR 11730).

French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin told the media that nearly 12000 police officers would be deployed in the affected regions to enforce curfews.

As of now, hospitals in France have more than 9100 COVID-19 positive patients fighting for their lives. According to local reports, this is the highest number recorded since late June.

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