The queues of cars stretched for hundreds of kilometers on Thursday evening in the Ile-de-France region, according to the French press, writes BBC.
Congestion was also formed in the stations. On the other hand, the terraces were full, while other groups of people protested against a new national quarantine, shouting “Freedom!”
The situation during the first pendemic wave is repeated, when many city dwellers have retired to the country or to holiday homes. As then, the French stocked up for quarantine and long queues formed at barbershops.
Incredible traffic jam in Paris as people try to leave the city before 9 pm curfew and before confinement begins at midnight. Traffic is barely moving in every direction as far as the eye can see. Lots of honking and frustrated drivers. pic.twitter.com/6Zn2HCxuPl
— Michael E. Webber (@MichaelEWebber) October 29, 2020
On Thursday, France registered 47,637 new cases of coronavirus infection and 250 deaths.
France’s national quarantine is imposed until December 1 and could be extended depending on the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The virus is circulating faster than the most pessimistic forecasts. The number of contaminations has doubled in less than two weeks. Compared to the first wave, all regions are on alert today. We have decided that we must find, starting with Friday, the isolation that stopped the virus. The entire national territory is concerned about adaptations for overseas departments and territories. The schools will remain open, the work will continue, Ehpad and the care centers will be able to be visited “, said the French president.