France toughened curfew to combat coronavirus `second wave`
Published: 04:29 PM, 18 October 2020 Updated: 04:29 PM, 18 October 2020
President Emmanuel Macron announced the reimposition of a state of health emergency and the introduction of curfews on Wednesday in Paris and eight other cities of Lille, Rouen, Saint-Etienne, Toulouse, Lyon, Grenoble, Aix and Montpellier to curb a “second wave” coronavirus outbreak.
The curfew had been come into force from Saturday while people won't be allowed leave their homes, between 9pm and 6am, except for essential reasons.
The new measures will last a minimum of four weeks which will be extended to six if parliament gives its approval next week.
President Emmanuel Macron said the health system is reaching its limits. A third of France's intensive care beds are currently occupied by COVID patients.
The country's president, Emanuel Macron, said curfews were needed to avoid the risk of putting pressure on hospitals.
"Obviously, for all those who come home from work after 21:00 or who work at night and work later, there will be a permit. For those who have emergencies, such as health emergencies, there will be permits. we will define the situation using common sense which will allow these people to circulate," Mr Macron said.
"There will be checks and there will be fines, as there already are. The fine will be €135,” he said.
Meanwhile, many are worried about the impact of the curfew on trade and commerce.
According to the French Ministry of Health, a record of 32,427 people were newly infected with coronavirus in the country on Saturday as the infections on the previous day having 25,086.