French Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Thursday that Paris would be locked down for a month due to an increase in new coronavirus cases and has more patients in the city’s hospitals than in the country’s second wave.
“The epidemic is getting worse,” he said, according to Reuters. “Our responsibility now is not to let it get out of our control. “
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News of another lockdown in a town renowned for its charm in the spring has been a devastating blow to businesses in the town that rely on tourists. The BBC reported that the city will keep schools open, but all non-essential businesses will have to close. There are also limits on how far a resident can exercise outdoors when not at home. The new rules will take effect Friday at midnight.
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The report pointed out that France had joined other EU countries in suspending AstraZeneca’s COVID vaccine, but that it will resume use on Friday. Castex said he would be vaccinated with the shot in order to restore confidence in the country.
Castex said the country is entering its third wave and the UK variant accounts for around 75% of cases, Reuters reported. The city of 2.1 million inhabitants currently has an incidence rate of over 400 infections per 100,000 inhabitants.