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It is the maximum level of alert. A night curfew had already been announced in Paris and other cities. Economic aid for the worst hit sectors.

France declared this Thursday the state of emergency health, “which has the vocation to last”, given “a spectacular acceleration” of the coronavirus.

After the announcement by President Emmanuel Macron of the curfew for six weeks on Wednesday, it was Prime Minister Jean Castex who explained the pedagogy of its application this Thursday.

While, restaurant owners tearfully protest that they are going bankrupt in nine cities in France, affected by the measures. An economic plan will be extended, with amplification of the aid “solidarity plan” in areas where there is a curfew.

“The only solution is the brake,” explained the premier. “Resuscitation capacities are strongly requested in Paris, 46 percent of intensive care beds are occupied by Covid patients,” announced Jean Castex.

The state of health emergency will apply throughout France from this Friday at midnight, due to the growth of the virus in the last 10 days. It was announced by the prime minister and published in the official gazette.

For the state of sanitary emergency, which is the maximum status, to be declared in France, it is necessary to meet three criteria: the incidence rate on the global population must exceed 250 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. In the cases of people over 65, it must be greater than 100.

The last criterion is the occupancy rate of intensive therapy beds for Covid patients: the rate must be greater than 60 percent.

At least 12,000 police and gendarmes will monitor the implementation of the measures “In this unprecedented crisis” in the world. Eight cities are under a curfew for at least four weeks from Saturday and, if authorized by Parliament, until December 1. They are Paris, Grenoble, Lille, Lyon, Aix en Provence and Marseille, Montpellier, Rouen, Saint Etienne and Toulouse.

“This decision (of the health status) is going to last four weeks and is intended to last if Parliament validates it,” explained the premier.

The curfew will start operating from Saturday between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. “This means that at 9 pm, each one must be at home and that, with exceptions, all places, shops or public services that receive public, must be closed. These rules must be applied with common sense, as during confinement, “said the prime minister.

This means that there will be authorized journeys for health reasons, to go to the hospital, to buy medicine at the train station pharmacy. An authorization may be uploaded to government websites for exceptions.

“If you work nights or your job does not allow you to be at home at 9:00 p.m., if you have a train or a plane that arrives or departs after 9:00 p.m., in that case you must show the ticket if it is controlled. Or if you should go to the home of a dependent relative or take your pet near your home “, explained the premier, when explaining that there will be authorizations.

With this criterion, marriages, parties or meetings of more than six people have been prohibited in this second wave of Covid 19.

The party rooms are closed. Restaurants must apply the rules of six guests per table and maintain a customer record, with name, telephone number and email.

Prime Minister Castex called on companies to develop “the teleworking resource.” Companies must define a minimum number of days of “telework” per week and establish the arrival and departure times of work, according to the curfew.

The cabinet ministers explained, throughout the press conference, the resolutions on the difficulties in their sector. Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire announced measures for companies, showing solidarity with the hotel industry, restaurants, cafes and culture, they will be affected by the curfew. They are going to expand the Solidarity Fund.


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