From midnight Friday, the inhabitants of Ile-de-France and eight French metropolises will have to respect a curfew. This is the most spectacular measure announced Wednesday evening by Emmanuel Macron. Dace to the progression of coronavirus on the territory, the Head of State decided and adopted restrictions which worry economically. Our neighbors are not spared, many countries, including Germany, also choosing to tighten up sanitary conditions. Follow the evolution of the situation live.
The main information to remember:
– A nighttime curfew will be imposed in several large cities from midnight Friday
– Several economic sectors are worried, despite the aid announced by the Head of State
– In Europe, many countries are tightening restrictions
A curfew from midnight Friday
The ax has therefore fallen for Ile-de-France and eight metropolises: in these territories, it will be prohibited, from midnight Friday, to travel between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. This night curfew is undoubtedly the most spectacular measure among those announced Wednesday evening by Emmanuel Macron. The Head of State also announced the reactivation of partial unemployment for several economic sectors, and invited the French to respect the rule of six in terms of social attendance. To find in detail the announcements of the Head of State, it’s here.
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If Emmanuel Macron made such a decision, it is because the epidemic has not been under control for several weeks in France. Hospital pressure continues to increase in France, with a new increase in hospitalizations in intensive care in the last 24 hours, and 104 deaths, according to figures released Tuesday by Public Health France (SpF). The number of Covid-19 patients placed in intensive care rose to 1,664 on Wednesday, 31 more than the day before.
Aid for several economic sectors
To compensate for the economic losses linked to the curfew, Emmanuel Macron announced that partial unemployment, covered 100% by the state, would be reactivated for several economic sectors, including tourism and restaurants.
The President of the Republic also announced “exceptional aid” for beneficiaries of RSA and APL. For six weeks, citizens receiving social minima will benefit from aid of 150 euros to which will be added 100 euros for each dependent child. On the other hand, Emmanuel Macron refused to grant a permanent increase to these beneficiaries.
Restrictions in Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and Catalonia
The Hexagon is not the only one to toughen its conditions. Germany, which detected 6,638 cases in a record 24 hours, will introduce new, more restrictive measures in an attempt to combat a resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic. For example, the number of participants in private events will be limited in regions recording more than 35 new contaminations per 100,000 inhabitants over seven days.
Irish citizens will no longer be allowed to visit each other, and areas bordering Northern Ireland will be subject to further drastic restrictions to combat the spread of the pandemic. The Netherlands have decided to close bars and restaurants, the wearing of masks compulsory in confined spaces for over 13s and the ban on the sale of alcohol from 8 p.m. In Spain, Catalonia has decided to close all of its bars and restaurants for 15 days.
More than 1.08 million deaths worldwide
In total, the pandemic has killed more than 1.087 million people worldwide since the end of December, according to a report established by AFP on Wednesday. Some 38.2 million cases have been officially counted, of which more than 26.4 million have been cured. The United States has the most deaths (216,597), ahead of Brazil (151,747), India (110,586), Mexico (84,420) and the United Kingdom (43,018).
Lower CO2 emissions
Restrictions linked to the Covid-19 epidemic led to an unprecedented drop in CO2 emissions in the first half of 2020, more than during the 2008 financial crisis and World War II, according to an international team of researchers, including study was published in Nature Communications.