“In the last 24 hours, Paris has exceeded the threshold beyond which it should enter the state of maximum alert,” Olivier Véran said on Thursday.

This threshold is defined by three criteria: the incidence of infections reaches the limit of 250 infected people per 100,000 people, in intensive care beds are occupied at least 30% and the rate of positive cases in the elderly population exceeds 100 per 100,000 people .

Paris and its surroundings already meet the last two criteria, writes CNN.

Véran stated that as long as this “evolution” continues in the coming days, “we will have no choice but to place Paris and the surrounding areas in the category of maximum alert starting Monday. On Sunday, we will re-examine the indicators together with the mayor and the local elected officials “, he specified.

Aurelien Rousseau, head of the Paris health department, told France Inter radio on Wednesday that 34% of intensive care beds were occupied and that the incidence of the population over the age of 65 was more than 100 per 100,000 inhabitants. . He also said that the infection rate is very high among young people between 20 and 30 years old, namely 450 cases per 100,000 people.

The state of alert has already been set in Marseille and the French department of Guadeloupe, where restaurants and bars have been closed. The province of Alp-Côte d’Azur has an incidence of infection of 200 per 100,000 inhabitants, over 10,000 people being hospitalized for treatment.

Paris is already on high alert, with public meetings limited to 10 people. From Monday the bars are only open until 10pm. Police have announced that non-compliant bar owners risk seeing their premises closed.

Businessmen in Paris are concerned about the long-term effects of quarantine and are protesting against current restrictions.

On Thursday, France reported 13,970 new cases, bringing the country’s total to 577,505, including 32,019 deaths. On September 24, France recorded a record number of daily cases: 16,096.

On September 17, France exceeded the threshold of 10,000 new daily coronavirus infections for the first time.