PARIS – Paris will prohibit delivery and take-out services for processed food and alcohol from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. from Friday to limit the spread of the coronavirus, which has infected centuries. continent 58,046 people nationwide for 24 hours on Thursday.
Provincial police also said the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages in public areas would be banned at night, starting from Friday.
President Emmanuel Macron imposed a new lockdown last month, forcing non-essential stores – such as those that do not sell basic food or medicine – to close and forcing people to use documents. sign to justify going out.
But a week after closing, France still records more than 40,000 new viral infections every day, and intensive care units across the country are under stress as more than 4,200 ICU beds currently have COVID-19 patients. Occupy.
The country’s health minister said in a news conference that the second wave of coronavirus infection would be more severe than the first in the spring if it were allowed to continue spreading at its current rate.
France will see the number of people with COVID-19 in intensive care peaking at 6,000 if the public complies with the new ban, or up to 7,000 if the virus continues to spread as it is today and is not Everyone respects the detention rules, Health Minister Olivier Veran said.
More than 39,000 people died
Restaurants, closed to lock-outs, are allowed to serve take-out and deliveries, but the province says that at night, many customers and deliveries are gathering, despite limited demand. social communication mechanism.
“When you catch people who do not play by the rules of the game and thus endanger the health of a large number of people, it is time to introduce new restrictions,” said Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo. BFM TV when she warns against the sale of takeaway foods and drinks.
A French government source this week said it had recorded in Paris “secret parties, private fun, private dinners” and felt it was necessary to take more stringent measures.
New COVID-19 closures and restrictions have stirred up protest across Europe even as countries including France and Spain deal with daily record infections and hospitals under pressure.
Record 58,046 is nearly 6,000 higher than the previous record, set on Monday and an additional 363 deaths were recorded on Thursday, bringing the country’s total deaths from coronavirus to 39,037 while total The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is more than 1.6 million, the fifth highest in the world.
The Paris Regional Health Authority said in a statement that 92% of the region’s ICU capacity is now being used, with nearly 1,050 patients with COVID-19 and 600 patients having other problems.
Gilles Pialoux, head of infectiousness department at Paris Tenon Hospital, told Reuters that the only way to reduce the current infection rate in France is to limit the circulation of people.
“We’ll probably have to forget about Christmas holidays in order to save 2021. This year, Christmas will be over Skype,” he said.