Coronavirus infections in France have nearly doubled in the past 24 hours when Prime Minister Jean Castex warned the country had gone “wrong”; for two weeks.
The Ministry of Health has reported 1,397 new Covid-19 infections since Monday. Fourteen people died.
The ban on the meetings of more than 5,000 people has been extended to October 30.
Mr. Castex also asked local authorities to further extend the requirement to wear masks in public.
“The epidemiological situation, which we are monitoring very closely, is deteriorating: 2,000 new cases per day compared with 1,000 three weeks ago,” Castex said at a news conference in Montpellier.
“About 25 new clusters are identified per day compared with five three weeks ago,” he added.
It is mandatory to wear a face veil nationwide on public transport and in indoor spaces, including shops and government offices.
The local government may make it mandatory to wear the mask, and some have recommended it in outdoor spaces, including hot tourist spots in Paris and the banks of the Seine.
More than 30,000 people died from the disease in France, which experienced a significant wave of cases in March and April.
The Health Ministry said 14 more people have died since Monday.
Its death toll remains the seventh highest in the world, although it is much lower than the US and Brazil, where more than 100,000 deaths per country are found, according to an inventory by Johns Hopkins University.
After the national lock, restrictions in France were eased in May and June and tourism is allowed once the summer vacation commences and foreign visitors are allowed.
Public gatherings of more than 5,000 people, including concerts or sporting events, will be resumed at the end of August, but Mr. Castex extended the ban to October 30.
Over the weekend, more than 10,000 people attended an illegal protest in the remote and sparsely populated Lozere region of southern France.
Unless people take action, the country faces “a high risk of outbreaks again and very difficult to control,” Castex said.
On Monday, the Ministry of Health reported that 10,800 new cases of coronavirus infection were identified in the past week.
It added that the spread of the virus was particularly prominent among young people and in cities like Paris and Marseille.
What is happening in the rest of Europe?
- Experts in Spain said the country is once again in “endangered” status with the worst infection rate in Europe. According to the AFP news agency, it reported an average daily gain of 4,923 cases over the past seven days. According to a report by the Ministry of Health, there are 500 outbreaks nationwide. Spain was hit hard during an infection in March and April, and more than 28,000 people died from the disease.
- Russia said they have developed a coronavirus vaccine that was approved for use after just two months of human trials. President Vladimir Putin said his daughter was given it. However, the World Health Organization said they do not have enough information about the vaccine to evaluate and it will need more tests before it goes into production.
- The UK reported 1,148 new confirmed cases on Tuesday, which is the highest daily total since June 21
- Greek imposes a night curfew on restaurants and bars in popular tourist areas – locations are closed from midnight to seven a.m.
- The Latvian people The Prime Minister has urged people not to travel even to ‘safe’ European countries, citing an increase in cases