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All of France subject to curfew

A curfew at 6 p.m. will be put in place from Saturday “for at least 15 days” throughout the French metropolitan territory, said the French Prime Minister visiting Metz.

A curfew at 6 p.m. will be put in place from Saturday “for at least 15 days” throughout the French metropolitan territory, said the French Prime Minister visiting Metz.

Thursday, France expected a hardening of the health regime that accompanies the daily life of 66 million inhabitants, Jean Castex did not disappoint. With this first major decision announced: “With the exceptions related to public service missions, all places, businesses or services open to the public will be closed at 6 p.m.”, citizens invited not to go out and that on the whole of the Hexagon. Only 25 departments had hitherto been subject to this curfew (which begins five hours earlier than the one now active in the Grand Duchy).

For the Prime Minister appointed this summer, “it appears to date that this measure has health efficiency: in the first 15 departments where the curfew was implemented at 6 p.m. on January 2, the increase in the number of new case is 2 or even 3 times lower than in the other metropolitan departments ”. A Jean Castex believing that the epidemic situation was “under control” but “fragile” in France, worrying about “the emergence of new more contagious strains” of the coronavirus.

No department has an incidence rate of less than 50 per 100,000 inhabitants, corresponding to the alert threshold, he argued. “The first data available to us show that we were able to spend the end of year celebrations without an epidemic outbreak,” he said, noting that France remained “on a high plateau, with a weekly average that fluctuates around 16,000 contaminations per day ”.

Exemptions for cross-border workers

On Thursday, it was confirmed that all travelers wishing to come to France from a country outside the European Union (EU) will now have to test negative for covid-19 before leaving. These people will also have to “undertake on the honor to isolate themselves for seven days once they arrive in France, then to repeat a second PCR test at the end”, added Jean Castex.

The next European Council, scheduled for January 21, will resolve any difficulties for cross-border workers. But no question, at this stage, of considering any closure of the borders.

The executive, on the other hand, “wanted to keep schools open and this is a fundamental objective for us,” added Mr. Castex. A stricter health protocol will still apply to students attending canteens, and the practice of sport is suspended at school.


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