France toughens COVID-19 curfew in worst-hit areas

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Paris has been spared the additional restriction for the time being. (File)

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The French government announced on Friday that it would bring forward its nightly curfew in 15 regions by two hours to help fight the coronavirus as infections remain high.

One of the 15 of the 101 French departments affected by the change from Saturday to a curfew from 6 p.m. instead of 8 p.m. is the Les Alpes-Maritimes department, where the Mediterranean city of Nice is located.

The other areas are concentrated in the east of the country.

Paris has been spared the additional restriction for the time being.

“The virus continues to spread in France … but with different regions,” said government spokesman Gabriel Attal when he announced the move.

“Should the situation worsen in certain areas, we will make the necessary decisions,” he told the TF1 broadcaster.

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The move was called for by mayors who were increasingly concerned that their local health systems would be overloaded with the influx of new cases.

Attal also confirmed that theaters, cinemas and concert halls will not be able to reopen as of January 7, the final minimum date for their closure.

Attal, meanwhile, defended the pace of the French vaccination campaign against Covid-19, in which, according to TF1, only 332 people in the country have been vaccinated so far, compared with over 130,000 in Germany since the beginning of last weekend.

On the grounds that France had directed its campaign towards nursing homes for the elderly, which was taking more time, he said: “We will not evaluate a vaccination campaign that will last six months in a few days.”

(Except for the headline, this story was not edited by GossipMantri staff and posted from a syndicated feed.)

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