French authorities report confirming more than 41,600 corona infections in the past 24 hours. This means that the record number of cases from last Saturday (32,427) has been largely exceeded. Earlier in the evening, Prime Minister Jean Castex imposed a curfew for an additional 38 French departments.
This means that 46 million people will face curfew. France has a total of approximately 67 million inhabitants.
Curfews have been in place for some time in Paris and some other major cities. The emergency measure will also go into effect in other parts of the country and in some overseas territories from 12:00 AM on Friday, Castex said. The curfew is from 9:00 PM to 6:00 AM. Residents of these areas may only go outside if there is an important reason for doing so.
According to the prime minister, the emergency measure will remain in force for at least six weeks. He did not rule out that the rules would be tightened up in the meantime. “France and Europe are now experiencing a second wave of the epidemic,” Castex said at a news conference. “The coming weeks will be tough. The number of deaths will continue to increase.”
The coronavirus has claimed the lives of at least 34,210 people in France. In total, more than 999,000 infections have now been diagnosed. France could become the third European country with more than a million infections. Spain has more than a million cases since last Wednesday and Russia since September 1.