Paris enters this Monday on maximum alert for the expansion of the coronavirus

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Paris will enter this Monday in maximum alert due to the expansion of the coronavirus, after having exceeded all the limits imposed by the Government and presenting a notable degradation of the sanitary situation, Government sources 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.

In France, cities go into this category 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 the 100 cases among the elderly, as well as when 30% of ucis beds are occupied by COVID-19 patients.

Paris and part of its periphery exceeded those limits last Thursday, with 263 and 105 cases respectively and an occupancy rate of around 35% in intensive care units.

This Sunday, the Executive was expected to confirm the closure of bars and restaurants in the capital starting this Monday, but finally the restaurants will be able to remain open although with reinforced protection measures. In principle, the bars should close.

The Paris City Council, the police prefecture, the health agency and the education agency, sent a joint statement this Sunday confirming that the announcement of the new measures will be made this Monday.

Castex has also asked the Minister of Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, to establish new provisions to fight against the spread of the virus in establishments, which will mean halving the number of students per class in universities and training institutes in areas on high alert.

For her part, the Minister of Labor, Élisabeth Borne, will remind employers this Monday 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 customers.

After registering a record of almost 17,000 new infections this Saturday, France notified 12,565 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 32 additional deaths in the last day, with which the number of deaths from the disease now rises to 32,230 people.

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