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France to Reimpose State of Emergency

France to Reimpose State of Emergency

Thursday, 15 October, 2020 - 10:30
FILE PHOTO: People wearing protective face masks walk at the Trocadero square near the Eiffel Tower in Paris as France reinforces mask-wearing as part of efforts to curb a resurgence of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) across the country, August 3, 2020. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

President Emmanuel President Macron’s office says France will restore a state of health emergency that expired three months ago.

The move is expected to start Saturday and will allow the government to enforce stricter measures in the future, either locally or nationally.

Macron is addressing the nation on television Wednesday night and could announce more measures, The Associated Press reported.

France initially declared a state of health emergency in March, paving the way for the government to require citizens to stay home in lockdown.

Patients with COVID-19 occupy a third of intensive care units nationwide. France reported about 180 positive cases per 100,000 people during the last week and higher concentrations in some cities.

France has 798,000 confirmed cases and nearly 33,000 deaths.

According to Reuters, more than 38.57 million people have been reported to be infected by the virus globally while 1,092,173​ have died.

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