French Bordeaux imposes stricter measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus

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PARIS (Reuters) – The southwestern region of France, Nouvelle-Acquitaine, on Monday announced stricter health measures for public events and retirement homes aimed at containing a spike in coronavirus cases.

France has faced a resurgence of the new coronavirus, with daily confirmed cases reaching a record high last week.

The government on Friday promised measures to speed up testing and toughen measures in high infection areas to avoid a return to the general lockdown imposed earlier this year.

A local official in the region that encompasses the city of Bordeaux cited measures such as limiting the number of people in retirement homes to two per week and reducing the number of participants in public events to 1,000 from 5,000.

Officials also canceled the European Cultural Heritage Days in September in the region, banning drinking and eating while standing in bars and public gatherings of 10 or more people in Bordeaux parks and beaches.

“It is a question of slowing down considerably the circulation of the virus”, declared Fabienne Buccio during a press conference.

Reporting by Maya Nikolaeva and Claude Chendjou; Editing by Bernadette Baum

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