Macron declares state of emergency, curfew as COVID-19 cases rise in France

Macron declares state of emergency, curfew as COVID-19 cases rise in France

French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday declared a state of health emergency and instated a curfew on some regions that have been hardest hit by the coronavirus, France 24 reports.

Why it matters: several European countries have reimposed lockdown measures,

as an uptick in COVID-19 cases has eroded the continent’s earlier progress in containing the virus.

Macron described the situation as a “second wave.”

What’s happening: The region surrounding Paris along with cities including Grenoble,

Lille, Lyon, Aix-Marseille, Montpellier, Rouen, Saint Etienne, and Toulouse will

have a 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew for at least a month, starting this Saturday.

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People will be allowed to be out during curfew so long as they have a good reason.

Those who violate the curfew will face a fine of €135 (about $159.)

Macron said there won’t be restrictions on public transit, and people will travel between regions.

The state of emergency will begin at midnight on Friday.

By the numbers: France has seen more than 820,00 cases in total, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

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