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France: Macron announces nationwide lockdown to fight against second wave of COVID01:59

France: Macron announces nationwide lockdown to fight against second wave of COVID

France, Paris
October 28, 2020 at 20:13 GMT +00:00 · Published

French President Emmanuel Macron announced a nationwide lockdown to tackle the spread of COVID-19, during a televised address at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Wednesday.

"After consulting the scientists, dialoguing with political, economical and social parties, after exchanging with all our European partners, and after weighing the pros and cons, I decided that starting Friday, we needed to revert to the lockdown that stopped the virus," Macron declared.

From midnight on Thursday, citizens holding an attestation slip will only be allowed to leave their homes for work, help vulnerable individuals or do grocery shopping. Schools will remain open and people are encouraged to work from home.

"We are overwhelmed by the sudden acceleration of the epidemy, by a virus which seems to get stronger as winter is coming and temperatures are dropping. Once again, we need to show a lot of humility. All around Europe we are all surprised by the evolution of the virus," the French president added.

Over the past few days, France averaged around 50 000 new COVID infections per day. Over one million cases with more than 35 000 deaths have been recorded in the country since the beginning of the outbreak.

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French President Emmanuel Macron announced a nationwide lockdown to tackle the spread of COVID-19, during a televised address at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Wednesday.

"After consulting the scientists, dialoguing with political, economical and social parties, after exchanging with all our European partners, and after weighing the pros and cons, I decided that starting Friday, we needed to revert to the lockdown that stopped the virus," Macron declared.

From midnight on Thursday, citizens holding an attestation slip will only be allowed to leave their homes for work, help vulnerable individuals or do grocery shopping. Schools will remain open and people are encouraged to work from home.

"We are overwhelmed by the sudden acceleration of the epidemy, by a virus which seems to get stronger as winter is coming and temperatures are dropping. Once again, we need to show a lot of humility. All around Europe we are all surprised by the evolution of the virus," the French president added.

Over the past few days, France averaged around 50 000 new COVID infections per day. Over one million cases with more than 35 000 deaths have been recorded in the country since the beginning of the outbreak.

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