Coronavirus in France: President Emmanuel Macron announced a new confinement from this Friday

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It will be at least until December 1. Bars and restaurants must close. But the schools will remain open.

The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, announced on Wednesday a new national confinement at least until December 1, but it will be less strict than the tax in March, to try to stop the expansion of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

It is necessary to give “a brutal stop to the infections” to avoid the collapse of the hospitals, Macron said in a televised statement to the nation. Nonessential bars, restaurants and businesses will close, but unlike the two-month lockdown imposed between March and May, schools will remain open, Macron said in a speech broadcast on television.

“Strong measures are needed, powerful measures, understandable to all French people, probably at the national level,” justified the head of the presidential party, La República en Marcha (LREM, center), Stanislas Guerini, according to which “health” should ” before the economy. “

This scenario caused a fall in the Paris stock market which sank 3.37% on Wednesday.

France experienced a first national confinement of almost two months that paid off. Between March and May, the 67 million French people could only go to work when it was not possible to do it remotely or to carry out basic activities such as buying groceries, medicines or doing an hour of daily exercise.

Since August, France has seen an upturn in infections. On the official government website, the authorities reported on Tuesday 288 deaths in hospitals in the last 24 hours, and 235 in homes for the elderly in the last four days, bringing the balance to 35,541 deaths in France since the beginning. of the pandemic.

In the hardest moments of the first wave, in April, more than 700 deaths were registered on some days, between hospitals and homes for the elderly.

Authorities fear an overflow in hospitals. On Tuesday, more than 2,900 patients with coronavirus were admitted to intensive care out of a total of 5,800 available nationwide in these services.

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