Coronavirus Live News: France Sees Record New Cases; Virus May Be Becoming More Contagious

The French prime minister,

Jean Castex, has announced that Covid-19 curfew measures will be extended to a further 38 departments for six weeks because of the rapid spread of the virus across the country.

“The second wave is here” and “the situation is grave”, Castex told a news conference as he announced the curfew would now affect 46 million people - two-thirds of the French population - and would include some overseas territories.

Taking affect from midnight on Friday, people in the affected areas will have to stay at home between 9pm and 6am. Certain activities like travelling for work or seeking medical attention will be permitted, and those who don’t comply with the rules face a fine of €135.

With the R rate now at 1.35 in

France, Castex said November would be a tough month regarding Covid-19, adding that the situation would be evaluated next week and more strict curfew measures may be imposed if necessary.

A second wave of the coronavirus epidemic is now under way in France and Europe. The situation is very serious. The coming weeks will be hard and the number of deaths will continue to rise.

Source : https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/oct/22/coronavirus-live-news-france-nears-1m-cases-as-four-us-states-see-record-one-day-deaths?page=with:block-5f91a1f78f086b2e58c8cb01

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