Paris | The French government re-established by decree the state of health emergency from Saturday, October 17 at midnight throughout the national territory, due to the worsening of the COVID-19 epidemic.
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This announcement comes just before a speech at 8:00 p.m. by Emmanuel Macron, who according to his entourage should announce curfews in several large cities in France, where the epidemic is racing.
These curfews – a “night confinement”, as some sources qualify it – could be imposed from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. in the areas most affected from this weekend, such as Paris and its suburbs, Marseille, Lyon, Montpellier, Lille or Toulouse.
The state of health emergency, which had been lifted on July 10, offers a legal framework for controlling certain restrictions, including confinement.
The worsening of the epidemic, described as a “health disaster”, “justifies the state of health emergency to be declared so that measures strictly proportionate to the health risks incurred can be taken”, indicates the report of the Council of ministers.
The epidemic has killed more than 32,000 people in France.