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Coronavirus France: blockade when people flee Paris before the lockdown


Tens of thousands of Parisians caused massive traffic jams last night in a desperate attempt to flee the French capital before Emmanuel Macron's new national closure began.

The video posted on Twitter shows a large number of Parisians attempting a mass exodus from the city to avoid the 9 p.m. curfew and the start of the second lockdown at midnight.

The night air was filled with the sound of booming car horns, while social media users estimated that the Parisians had stalled hundreds of kilometers to escape to their second homes in the country.

Revelers also took the opportunity to spend one final night with friends and family before bars and restaurants close while the French government puts the country back on lockdown.

Meanwhile, the French emptied supermarkets in a re-run of the panic buying that swept Europe in March as Parisians and other urbanites prepared for a month in custody.

Shoppers filled with pasta and toilet paper while people lined up in front of the hairdresser to get one final cut. Office workers in the capital's business district transported their equipment to cars and trains in preparation for the WFH.

Emmanuel Macron's draconian measures should be enforced at least until December 1st. People must have documents with them explaining why they left home and are subject to police controls.

Tens of thousands of Parisians caused massive traffic jams last night in a desperate attempt to flee the French capital before Emmanuel Macron's new national closure began

Tens of thousands of Parisians caused massive traffic jams last night in a desperate attempt to flee the French capital before Emmanuel Macron's new national closure began

View of traffic jams in Paris as traffic records were broken in Paris before the new shutdown went into effect

View of traffic jams in Paris as traffic records were broken in Paris before the new shutdown went into effect

Parisians flocked to the Gare de Lyon so as not to confine themselves to the French capital during the closure

Parisians flocked to the Gare de Lyon so as not to confine themselves to the French capital during the closure

Just a few hours before the start of France's second national shutdown, there were huge queues in front of the Gare de Lyon

Just a few hours before the start of France's second national shutdown, there were huge queues in front of the Gare de Lyon

Parisians flocked to the Gare de Lyon so as not to confine themselves to the French capital during the closure

Parisians flocked to the Gare de Lyon so as not to confine themselves to the French capital during the closure

Empty shelves of toilet paper can be seen in a supermarket in Paris as thousands of city dwellers stock up for the new shutdown

Empty shelves of toilet paper can be seen in a supermarket in Paris as thousands of city dwellers stock up for the new shutdown

The Parisians made the most of their last night of freedom when they packed bars in front of new lockdown restrictions

The Parisians made the most of their last night of freedom when they packed bars in front of new lockdown restrictions

Parisians flocked to the Gare de Lyon so as not to confine themselves to the French capital during the closure

Parisians flocked to the Gare de Lyon so as not to confine themselves to the French capital during the closure

After the lockdown began, hundreds of anti-lockdown protesters gathered on the streets of Paris

After the lockdown began, hundreds of anti-lockdown protesters gathered on the streets of Paris

Emmanuel Macron's draconian measures should be enforced at least until December 1st. People must have documents with them explaining why they left home and are subject to police controls.

Emmanuel Macron's draconian measures should be enforced at least until December 1st. People must have documents with them explaining why they left home and are subject to police controls.

A short time later, Paris was completely deserted, and the Eiffel Tower stood alone at the beginning of the shutdown

A short time later, Paris was completely deserted, and the Eiffel Tower stood alone at the start of the shutdown

This map shows the 14-day Covid-19 infection rate in Europe. Most of France belongs to the highest category of 240 or more cases per 100,000 people, along with most of Spain, all of the Czech Republic, northern England and many other regions of the continent. French leader Emmanuel Macron announced a new nationwide lockdown this week, claiming 400,000 people would die from coronavirus if the country does nothing to control a second wave that will be "more deadly" than the first

This map shows the 14-day Covid-19 infection rate in Europe. Most of France belongs to the highest category of 240 or more cases per 100,000 people, along with most of Spain, all of the Czech Republic, northern England and many other regions of the continent. French leader Emmanuel Macron announced a new nationwide lockdown this week, claiming 400,000 people would die from coronavirus if the country does nothing to control a second wave that will be "more deadly" than the first

The French health minister warned yesterday that up to a million people could be infected with the disease, while Prime Minister Jean Castex extended mask requirements to school children aged six and over.

The French schools remain open, but the policies for adults who stay at home are just as strict as in the spring. Written documents are required for shopping, medical care or one hour of training per day.

President Macron said a curfew in Paris and other major cities did not stop the tide of infections, claiming 400,000 people would die from Covid-19 if drastic measures were not taken.

In a televised announcement, he said, "Our goal is simple: to reduce infections from 40,000 a day to 5,000 and slow down admissions to hospitals and intensive care units."

Hospitals are already looking for ICU beds and "no matter what we do, there will be nearly 9,000 people in ICU by mid-November," he said. The French leader called the new restrictions "heartbreaking" but said he could "never watch hundreds of thousands of our citizens die".

Bars, shops and restaurants are closing completely again as the French government urges companies to let employees work from home "five days a week".

Mr Macron said some stores could open in mid-November if the situation improves – but his scientific adviser's warning raises the prospect of lockdown measures that will last until Christmas.

Government-recognized reasons for leaving households include buying essential goods, seeking medical help or being given exercise every day within an hour, the French government said. Although bars and restaurants will close again, all public services, schools and important workplaces will remain open.

Shops and stores across France were also filled with people running for supplies on Thursday – and perhaps at the last minute – before the new lockdown.

The French government recorded yesterday 47,637 new confirmed coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, compared to 36,437 on Wednesday and a record high of 52,010 on Sunday.

The total number of infections rose to over 1.28 million, while the death toll rose 235 to 36,020. The number of people hospitalized with Covid-19 fell to 976 after three days, with around 1,200 hospital stays per day.

The night owls took the opportunity to spend one last evening with friends and family on Thursday before bars and restaurants close

The night owls took the opportunity to spend one last evening with friends and family on Thursday before bars and restaurants close

On Thursday, the French health department announced 47,637 new infections in 24 hours and 235 deaths, bringing the total to over 36,000

On Thursday, the French health department announced 47,637 new infections in 24 hours and 235 deaths, bringing the total to over 36,000

Emmanuel Macron announced new measures on Wednesday to contain the increasing Covid infections across the country

Emmanuel Macron announced new measures on Wednesday to contain the increasing Covid infections across the country

The national measures will take effect from Friday morning until December 1 and are considered to be "more flexible" than the country's first lockdown

The national measures will take effect from Friday morning until December 1 and are considered to be "more flexible" than the country's first lockdown

Shops and stores across France were also filled with people running for supplies on Thursday - and perhaps at the last minute - before the new lockdown

Shops and stores across France were also filled with people running for supplies on Thursday – and perhaps at the last minute – before the new lockdown

Hundreds of anti-lockdown protesters gather in Paris to protest against the French government's actions

Hundreds of anti-lockdown protesters gather in Paris to protest against the measures taken by the French government

Hundreds of anti-lockdown protesters gather in Paris to protest against the French government's actions

Hundreds of anti-lockdown protesters gather in Paris to protest against the measures taken by the French government

Is the Spanish variety Covid-19 behind the second wave of Europe? Scientists blame the stress "spread across the continent by summer vacationers".

A mutant strain of coronavirus originating in Spain could be the culprit for the catastrophic second wave in Europe, according to a study.

An international team of scientists tracking the virus as it spreads and evolves said the variant called 20A.EU1 has been causing 90 percent of cases in the UK since the summer.

Each virus mutation has its own genetic signature, which means that it can be traced back to its place of origin.

The experts tracked 20A.EU1 back to a farm in northern Spain in June, believing it was racing across the continent when vacationers returned in the summer when the broadcast paused and the locks eased.

It raises questions about whether the spiraling second wave that is forcing European nations to retreat into national standstills could have been averted through improved screening at airports and borders.

The scientists believe the strain is also responsible for 80 percent of infections in Spain, 60 percent in Ireland and up to 40 percent in Switzerland and France.

All viruses naturally mutate when they spread in populations. There are hundreds of different variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19 and that circulates across Europe.

However, very few of these variants have spread as successfully and are as widespread as the newly identified strain.

There are currently 21,183 people in hospital with Covid-19, compared with a high of more than 32,000 in mid-April. The number of people in the intensive care unit rose by 111 to 3,156.

Staples such as pasta and toilet paper were in demand, as were printer inks and electronics for working from home, while yoga mats were nowhere to be found in many sports shops.

"I have supplies as we don't know when this will end," said Catherine Debeaupuis, who was shopping at an electronics retailer in central Paris.

Close to 33 million people watched President Macron deliver the grim news in a prime-time address Wednesday – just five days after saying "It's too early" to think about new bans.

The president said hospitals would soon be overwhelmed by a virus that is "spreading at a rate that even the most pessimistic could not predict".

People are only allowed to leave the house with a self-signed certificate stating their urgent business needs – grocery shopping, taking the kids to school, going to work when they cannot do so from home, to the hospital or in go to a pharmacy.

A certificate is also required by people who want to jog or walk their dog within an hour and no more than a kilometer from home.

Attendance at the funeral is limited to 30 and six for weddings. Anyone who breaks the rules that are monitored risks a fine of 135 euros.

The infection rate in Europe has overtaken the US for the first time since March, although cases in the US are picking up again just days after the presidential election.

Germany also took action when Angela Merkel announced a so-called "lockdown light" that would close bars and restaurants to stave off a "national health emergency" while saying schools and shops could remain open.

The return of lockdown measures across Europe has sparked protests in Spain and Italy, where crowds have fired fireworks and looted luxury shops to express anger over tightened controls on public life.

The Spanish parliament voted to extend the country's state of emergency.

During a meeting with European Health Ministers, WHO European Regional Director Dr. Hans Kluge stated that “hospital stays have risen to a level not seen since spring” and the number of deaths has risen sharply by more than 30 percent.

He noted that Europe has now reported more than 10 million coronavirus cases and is "once again at the epicenter of this pandemic".

Coroanvirus cases are increasing rapidly in most major European countries, prompting heads of state and government to consider further lockdown measures. There are currently curfews in Spain, Italy and the UK. France and Germany announce the shutdown of circuit breakers

Coroanvirus cases are increasing rapidly in most major European countries, prompting heads of state and government to consider further lockdown measures. There are currently curfews in Spain, Italy and the UK. France and Germany announce the shutdown of circuit breakers

The national measure will come into force on Friday from midnight and is considered to be "more flexible" than the lockdown first imposed on France in March

Chancellor Angela Merkel said her country was facing "a dramatic situation at the beginning of the cold season".

Chancellor Angela Merkel said her country was facing "a dramatic situation at the beginning of the cold season".

Cyprus and Lithuania will be placed on the UK's quarantine list. The British are on their way home to break the 4 a.m. Sunday deadline and avoid 14 days of isolation

Cyprus and Lithuania have been removed from the government's travel corridor list, meaning travelers entering the UK from these locations after 4 a.m. on Sunday will have to self-isolate for 14 days, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said Thursday.

Shapps added in a post on Twitter that the government would not add countries to the list of UK travel corridors where Brits can travel without self-isolating this week.

Cyprus only recorded 91 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday while Lithuania had 413. Both sums are significantly lower than the UK numbers, which showed 22,885 new cases on Tuesday.

While some Brits expressed confusion and tweeted from Cyprus that they felt perfectly safe there, others were furious with today's announcement and questioned the logic of closing the travel corridor on the last day of England's half-time vacation, which likely forced many families to to keep their children at home for two weeks.

Describing the removal of Cyprus from the list as "insane", a Twitter user shared a photo taken on Wednesday evening with a calm-looking view of the coast.

"It felt safe, organized, and everyone was following the rules," he said.

Another said there was no risk in Cyprus, adding that people had been tested on arrival and had to get a negative test result before getting on a plane to depart.

"It is mandatory to wear masks in hotels and even outside," he said.

"At the risk of sounding alarming, I have to express our very real concern," said Kluge.

Merkel addressed a virtual summit of EU heads of state and government on Thursday evening in front of the German parliament in order to better coordinate Europe's response to the disease, saying that her country was "facing a dramatic situation at the beginning of the cold season".

The German Disease Control Agency announced that local authorities reported 16,774 new positive tests for COVID-19 last day, bringing the country's total close to half a million. The death toll was 10,272.

& # 39; Winter will be difficult, four long difficult months. But it will end, ”Merkel told the legislature.

With new restrictions coming into effect on Monday, German restaurants, bars, sports and cultural venues will be closed for four weeks. Meetings are limited to 10 people from a maximum of two households, and all non-essential travel is discouraged. Schools, kindergartens, shops and places of worship will remain open – but with safety precautions.

Merkel said the authorities had no choice but to drastically reduce social contacts, as three quarters of infections in Germany are now no longer traceable.

"If we wait for the intensive care units to be full, it will be too late," she said.

Opposition leader Alexander Gauland from the party "Right-wing Alternative for Germany" accused Merkel's government of "war propaganda" and compared the pandemic with traffic. He argued that society accepts a certain number of car deaths each year but does not prohibit driving.

Berlin announced a new 10 billion euro fund for companies affected by the additional measures.

In Spain, authorities have gradually curtailed freedom of movement, nightlife and social gatherings, but they have moved away from strict home stays that slowed the first wave of infections but hurt the economy.

However, with officials predicting that current levels of infection will result in a serious shortage of ICU beds in November, some experts are already calling for a full lockdown.

Spanish regions such as Catalonia and La Rioja have already closed bars and restaurants, while most of the others have imposed curfews that limit nightlife. However, additional subsidies did not accompany the restrictions and this week led to loud protests by business owners in Barcelona, ​​slamming pots, waving cocktail shakers and chanting: "We want to work!"

The Spanish parliament, meanwhile, voted by a majority to maintain the country's newly declared state of emergency until May in an attempt to contain the resurgent pandemic despite objections from some opposition parties. A vote to lift the measure could take place in March if the situation improves.

Spain has officially registered more than 1.1 million COVID-19 cases, although authorities say the real number could be at least three times higher. The number of virus deaths is at least 35,000.

In Spain and Italy, deaths have risen in recent weeks, despite being lower than the first wave – unlike the Czech Republic and other Eastern European countries, where deaths have risen to record levels

Germany also took action when Angela Merkel announced a so-called "lockdown light" that would close bars and restaurants to ward off a "national health emergency" and said schools and shops could remain open

Germany also took action when Angela Merkel announced a so-called "lockdown light" that would close bars and restaurants to ward off a "national health emergency" and said schools and shops could remain open

When EU leaders met, Brussels officials called on them to approve rapid virus tests, which are less reliable than standard kits but give far quicker results, and to prepare the enormous amounts of cold storage that will be required to keep large stocks of virus vaccine as soon as it becomes available.

With Belgium, France and Spain warning that their intensive care units could be congested within two weeks, officials believe that it is crucial that EU countries agree to share information on ICU capacity to allow patients to cope Needs can be treated across borders.

Russia meanwhile said it has no plans to impose a nationwide lockdown.

"Despite a difficult epidemiological situation, we are now much better prepared to work during an epidemic," said Russian President Vladimir Putin. Russia has registered more than 1.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases, the highest number in Europe and the fourth largest number in the world.

When EU leaders met, officials in Brussels urged them to approve rapid virus tests as Covid-19 cases rise

When EU leaders met, officials in Brussels urged them to approve rapid virus tests as Covid-19 cases rise

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