The French government last night announced the lockdown of Paris and three surrounding regions to contain spiking COVID-19 cases.
The capital will been on ‘maximum alert’ from Tuesday, when the government will order the closure of all bars and restrictive conditions on restaurants.
Additional measures will ban events of more than 1,000 people, public gatherings of more than 10 people, gyms, and concert halls.
Restrictive measures will be imposed on high-street businesses, while public establishments with no COVID-19 protocols must close.
The southern city of Marseille also closed bars and restaurants last week – the foreign territory of Guadalupe is the only other French region on maximum alert.
France’s maximum alert level comes into force when the infection rate in a locality exceeds 250 per 100,000 people and at least 30% of intensive care beds are filled by COVID-19 patients.
It comes after Madrid entered a local lock, with three million people only able to travel outside their neighbourhoods for essential journeys only.
Bars and restaurants cannot serve after 8pm and people cannot meet in groups larger than six.
The infection rate in Madrid has just fallen under 700 cases per 100,000 people over the past 14 days – Spain currently has the highest case load as a country in all of Europe.
- 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over a two-week period.
- Positive results in more than 10% of total PCR tests.
- 35% occupancy of intensive care units (UCIs), at the autonomous level.
- This weekend the Spanish capital Madrid entered a local lockdown, with its