Written by Sudip Kar-Gupta
PARIS – The French government will reintroduce curfews for Paris, and possibly the Ile-de-France region around the capital, to tackle deteriorating COVID-19 figures, government spokesman Gabriel Attal said on Tuesday. .
The evening curfew for Paris, which would begin at 9 p.m., will come on top of a new, national blockade imposed by President Emmanuel Macron last week, Attal said.
“We will return the curfew to Paris, and perhaps to Ile-de-France. The interior ministry will determine the details later in the day and issue an edict,” Attal told BFM TV.
France reported a record 52,518 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, with hospitalizations rising by more than 1,000, for the fourth time in eight days, as the pandemic shows no signs of abating despite a new lock.
The French COVID-19 death toll rose 416 to 37,435, compared with a rise of 231 on Sunday and a multi-month seven-day moving average of 345.
Health Minister Olivier Veran told RTL radio that a Parisian is infected with COVID-19 every 30 seconds, while a Parisian receives a hospital with an illness every 15 minutes.