It comes after 15 departments in the East have already imposed a curfew from 6 p.m.
The rest of the country remains under an 8:00 p.m. curfew, which is expected to last until at least January 20.
The 6:00 p.m. curfew is decided based on several criteria, including whether the level of incidence per 100,000 population in the past seven days is greater than 200. The level of incidence in people aged 65 and over and the number of beds available in intensive care units is also taken into account.
Departments currently with a curfew from 6:00 p.m.
Hautes-Alpes, Alpes-Maritimes, Ardennes, Doubs, Jura, Marne, Haute-Marne, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Meuse, Moselle, Nièvre, Haute-Saône, Saône-et-Loire, Vosges and Territoire de Belfort.
Departments currently with a curfew from 8:00 p.m., which is expected to change to 6:00 p.m. from January 10
Bas-Rhin, Haut-Rhin, Côte-d’Or, Cher, Allier, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Vaucluse, and Bouches-du-Rhône.
Departments currently with a curfew from 8:00 p.m., which is expected to change to 6:00 p.m. from January 12
Var and Drôme
The new rules come as France announces 20,177 cases in the past 24 hours and 171 deaths. Since Tuesday, January 5, new daily cases have been around 20,000 per day.
The health authority Public Health France noted “a clear increase in the number of confirmed cases” which “could be the beginning of the consequences of gatherings at the end of [last] an ».
A new cluster of cases has also been identified in Bouches-du-Rhône. At least 24 people have tested positive as part of the cluster in Marseille, including at least one with the UK variant of the virus, the Regional Health Agency (ARS) Paca said.
The city of Bagneux in the Hauts-de-Seine is also in the process of mounting a “campaign of massive tests … to reassure and break the chains of transmission”, said local MP Laurianne Rossi. It comes after a person who works at two schools tested positive with the UK variant.
Vaccinations continue at a sustained pace in France, with the Moderna vaccine due to arrive in the country this weekend.
Health Minister Olivier Véran he told me: “We will probably reach the symbolic threshold of 100,000 people vaccinated over the weekend.”
The AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine should be “confirmed before the end of the month”, he told me Dominique Le Guludec, president of health authority la Haute Autorité de Santé (HAS), on channel Europe 1.
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