France may extend COVID restrictions to three other regions, including Lyon

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France may extend COVID restrictions to three other regions, including Lyon


FILE PHOTO: A man wearing a protective mask walks down the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris as shops, schools remain closed and workers are urged to work from home if possible, amid the latest government measures French authorities against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) epidemic, France, March 16, 2020. REUTERS / Gonzalo Fuentes

PARIS (Reuters) – France could extend its COVID-19 restrictions to three other regions, including the Rhône region which is home to the large city of Lyon, the government said on Wednesday, extending a list of high-risk areas, including Paris where borders have been tightened.

Government spokesman Gabriel Attal said the COVID-19 situation was worsening across the country and it was vital that more people in France work from home to curb the spread of the virus.

France last week imposed a month-long lockdown in Paris and parts of the north after a hesitant vaccine rollout and the spread of highly contagious coronavirus variants forced President Emmanuel Macron to change course.

Attal said the government is considering adding the Rhône, Aube and Nièvre regions to its list of high-risk COVID-19 areas that require careful monitoring and may require restrictive measures.

The French hospital system is under strain due to an influx of COVID-19 patients.

There are nearly 27,000 people with COVID-19 in French hospitals and on Tuesday the number of people in intensive care with the disease rose to a four-month high at 4,634, up from nearly 5,000 during the second lockdown in November and more than 7000. in April 2020.

Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Written by Matthieu Protard, edited by William Maclean

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