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Paris enters this Monday on maximum alert for the coronavirus expansion, after having exceeded all the limits imposed by the Government and presenting a notable degradation of the health situation, local media reported.

Executive sources indicated that the increasing pressure on hospitals of the Parisian region has been verified this weekend, so the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, confirmed this Sunday to the mayor, Anne Hidalgo, that the capital is on high alert.

Security protocols

In France, cities enter maximum alert when they exceed the three scales dictated by the Government: when the incidence rate exceeds 250 positives per 100,000 inhabitants among the general population or 100 cases among the elderly, as well as when 30% of the beds in the ucis are occupied by covid-19 patients.

In Paris this limit was exceeded last Thursday, with 263 and 105 cases respectively and an occupancy rate of around 35% in the units of intensive care.

This Sunday, the Executive was expected to confirm the closing of bars and restaurants in the capital from tomorrow, Monday, but Executive sources cited in the gala press assured that they will be able to remain open with a reinforced health protocol.

He Paris City Hall, the police prefecture, the health agency and the education agency, sent a joint statement this Sunday confirming the announcement of the new measures tomorrow, Monday.

Schools, bars and restaurants

Castex has also asked the Minister of Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, to establish new provisions to combat the spread of the virus in establishments, which will reduce by half the number of students per class in universities and training institutes in high-alert areas.

For her part, the Minister of Labor, Élisabeth Borne, will remind employers tomorrow of the need to give priority to telework in the cities declared in said alert.

The announcements in the French press coincided with the confirmation of the Marseille hotel trade union of the reopening of its restaurants this Monday after a week of total closure, after having reached an agreement with the authorities and announcing more restrictive measures to welcome its clients.

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