France President, Emmanuel Macron, has imposed a night curfew in an attempt to curb growing infections in the country.
In the latest move, he announced night curfews that would begin from 2100 to 0600 hrs effective this coming Saturday.
The curfew will cover Paris, one of the hotspots of the virus in France, and eight other cities. The other cities will include Lyon, Lille, Saint-Etienne, Marseille, Rouen, Toulouse, Grenoble and Montpellier.
Over 22 million affected
The curfew would last for four weeks and is expected to impact close to 22 million people living in the mentioned cities. Furthermore, if infections don’t slow, the France government could extend the curfew to six weeks.
Among the activities that the curfew would stop will be visiting restaurants and private homes at night. Fines for those breaking the curfew rules will be 121 Euros.
However, schools would remain open while travel between regions would take place during the day.
“The message I want to send this evening is that I need each of you, we need each other, to find solutions,” Macron said during the announcement, “We will get through this, together.”
Daily cases breach 20,000
France yesterday reported over 22,000 new infections. This was among the highest infections the country had witnessed. However, the country hit the highest infections five days ago, on 10th October. On that day, France reported over 26,000 cases.
Europe is currently witnessing an aggressive second wave, which has seen countries topple records set in the first wave. France, for instance, hit its highest infections in the first wave at slightly above 7,500. thus, seeing over 20,000 cases now points to the danger of a second wave. Germany also recently imposed a curfew after cases rose above 6000 a day. The UK also has been imposing lockdowns in some of its cities.
France now has over 779,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Recoveries top 103,000, though the country is no longer releasing new recoveries. Deaths have risen above 33,000.