The French capital and the cities of Aix-Marseille, Grenoble, Montpellier, Toulouse, Saint Etienne, Lille, Rouen and Lyon will face a 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew starting at midnight on Friday, President Emmanuel Macron announced.
“The aim is to reduce private contacts, which are the most dangerous contacts,” Macron said Wednesday.
Violating the nighttime curfew will carry a fine of 135 euros (about $160) for a first offense, and 1500 euros ($1,760) if the offense is repeated.
France reported 22,591 new cases and 95 deaths on Wednesday, bringing its total to 779,063 cases and 33,037 deaths.
London will move from a Tier 1 “medium” to the Tier 2 “high” alert level of coronavirus restrictions on Saturday, UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced Thursday.
It means Londoners will be banned from mixing with other households indoors in any setting, including in pubs and restaurants. Outdoor gatherings will be limited to six people and people should also avoid using public transport where possible.
“We know from the first peak that the infection can spread fast and put huge pressures on the NHS, so we must act now to prevent the need for tougher measures later on,” said Hancock.
The new Tier 2 restrictions will come into force at 00:01 BST (7:01pET) Saturday morning.
Earlier on Thursday, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said that the capital has reached a “critical moment” in its fight against the pandemic, warning that the virus is spreading rapidly “in every corner” of the city.
“Hospital admissions are up, more patients are going into intensive care and, sadly, the number of Londoners dying every day is increasing again,” he told the London Assembly.
He also called for greater action on a national scale and reaffirmed his support for a “circuit breaker” lockdown.
A preprint paper written by scientific advisers to the UK government claims that thousands of coronavirus deaths could be averted before the end of the year if a two-week circuit-breaker lockdown were to be imposed soon.
The paper suggests it could reduce deaths between now and the end of the year by up to 49%, depending on the growth rate of the virus. But in a statement released Wednesday, the authors cautioned that, “it is not correct to say that we are forecasting specific numbers of lives that would be saved; the worst-case scenarios would never be allowed to continue without intervention.”
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson imposed the three-tier Covid Alert system across England on Wednesday, emphasizing localized restrictions. But he rejected opposition demands for a “circuit breaker” national lockdown.
UK government data showed 19,724 new cases and 137 deaths Wednesday, taking the totals to 654,644 and 43,155 respectively.
Northern Ireland is closing schools, pubs and restaurants after it reported 1,217 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, a record-high for the nation, taking total cases to 23,115.
Wales will ban travelers entering the country from coronavirus hotspots in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland starting Friday, Welsh First…