FRANCE has today banned outdoor exercise in Paris during daylight hours as part of increasingly stringent coronavirus blocking measures.
In a shock move announced by city cops, joggers and walkers were told they would be fined around £ 120 if they were found to have broken the restrictions.
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If they continue to break the rules, they risk up to six months in prison.
Police said: “From April 8, 2020, outings of individual sports activities will no longer be allowed between 10 am and 7 pm throughout the Paris region.
“They therefore remain authorized from 7 p.m. to 10 a.m., when the crowd in the streets is the smallest. “
Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris and Didier Lallement, the prefect of police, said in the joint declaration that they had taken the decision to avoid “any form of laxity” which “would jeopardize the efforts deployed so far “
BRIT BAN WARNING
It comes just a day after British Health Secretary Matt Hancock threatened to ban outdoor exercise in Britain if people continued to break the rules.
His warning was triggered by images of thousands of people ignoring the lock of the lounge in the parks and on the beaches in the sun this weekend.
Paris is today the epicenter of the coronavirus in France, with cases in the city and in the suburbs that are increasing.
In the Ile-de-France region of which Paris is a part – there were 2,355 deaths and 11,762 confirmed cases.
The country reported 833 new deaths from coronaviruses in more than 24 hours on Monday – the highest daily toll since the start of the epidemic.
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The total number of people who died in France after a positive test for Covid-19 now stands at 8,911, while the number of infections is 98,010.
The Minister of Health Olivier Véran warned: “We have not reached the end of the end of the rise of this epidemic.”
The data showed that 605 people died in hospitals in the past 24 hours and another 228 died in nursing homes – both increases of 10%.
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Mr. Véran added: “It is not over. Far from it.
“The path is long. The figures that I have announced show it.
“Stay at home and continue this containment effort. “
So far, fines worth around £ 650 million have been imposed on these foreclosure conditions across the country.
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