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Paris is preparing for a second lockdown to tackle coronavirus cases


Lockdown Part Deux: Paris closes bars starting tonight at 10 p.m., limits gatherings to ten and makes outdoor masks mandatory to quell coronavirus cases

  • Emmanuel Macron's government has taken tough new measures to slow the spread
  • Bars, gyms and public gatherings will be affected by the new regulations
  • France recorded 14,412 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 39 deaths yesterday

Paris will institute a strict second lockdown to slow the surge in coronavirus cases.

Emmanuel Macron's government has ordered bars in Paris, along with Lyon and nine other cities, to close on "heightened alert" starting this evening at 10 p.m.

There is also a 10 person limit on public gatherings with weddings and parties attending, which is limited to 30 people.

Gyms and other indoor sports facilities will also remain closed and all pedestrians must wear face masks in public areas of the capital.

It comes as France recorded 14,412 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 39 deaths yesterday.

Paris will institute a strict second lockdown to slow the surge in coronavirus cases. Pictured: Parisians were drinking in a bar outside last night before restrictions were put in place

The new measures introduced in Paris come from France's pressure on the hospital.

Doctors in the capital, together with Marseille, had to postpone planned operations to free up space.

Patients are still facing residues caused by the March and April lockdown – and more than 6,000 coronavirus patients are currently being treated in French hospitals.

The new regulations are strikingly similar to those that Boris Johnson has put in place across the UK.

The Prime Minister's six-point limit for the number of people to socialize has now been in place for two weeks.

Face masks were also mandatory in public areas such as shops and public transportation.

Harsh new fines are also going into effect today in parts of the UK for someone showing symptoms for the coronavirus not self-isolating.

People across England are required to legally self-isolate starting this week if they test positive for coronavirus or are contacted by the testing and tracking service.

If they fail to do so, they risk facing new fines starting at £ 1,000, increasing to £ 10,000 for repeat offenders or serious violations.

The government has also introduced an identical curfew for pubs and restaurants at 10 p.m.

Recently, however, it has been claimed that the curfew does more harm than good.

The new measures are strikingly similar to those that Boris Johnson has put in place across the UK. Pictured: After the curfew at 10 p.m., which closes the pubs and bars early, many people in Bristol flock to the streets

The new measures are strikingly similar to those that Boris Johnson has put in place across the UK. Pictured: After the curfew at 10 p.m., which closes the pubs and bars early, many people in Bristol flock to the streets

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has called for an urgent review of the measure, saying it only resulted in people gathering in shops and homes.

"I received reports that the supermarkets were crowded with people gathering," he told BBC Radio 4's Today program.

“I think there is an urgent need to review emerging evidence from police forces across the country.

“My gut feeling is that this curfew does more harm than good.

“It creates an incentive for people to gather in the street, or rather at home.

"This is the opposite of what local restrictions are trying to do here."

The UK confirmed 6,041 new infections and 35 deaths in 24 hours yesterday.

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