France will enter a second national lockdown with non-essential businesses closed from Friday.
French President Emmanuel Macron announced this evening a nationwide lockdown to combat the virus that will come into effect from this Friday. The “new measures” are “indispensable”, Prime Minister Jean Castex had said before they were known.
In an address to the French nation, he said the country needs new measures to tackle coronavirus and that it is ‘circulating more quickly than we had forecast’. The country is reporting more than 350 new cases per 100,000 people each week, and nearly 18% of its tests are now coming back positive. The second lockdown comes after Germany also introduced a raft of new measures to combat the second wave of coronavirus.
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