France goes into a new nationwide lockdown on the night of October 30 amid an increase in the number of cases of coronavirus infection, President of France Emmanuel Macron announced that, according to Le Figaro.
"The virus is circulating at a speed that not even the most pessimistic forecasts had anticipated,” Macron said. "We are all in the same position: overrun by a second wave which we know will be harder, more deadly than the first."
The French president said a nationwide lockdown would be enforced initially until December 1, though schools and creches will remain open.
The new measures, which come into force on Friday, will mean people have to stay in their homes except to buy essential goods, seek medical attention, or use their daily one-hour allocation of exercise.
Cafes, restaurants, and shops will shut down unless they are deemed to be selling essential goods, such as supermarkets and pharmacies.
People will still be allowed to go to work if their employer deems it impossible for them to do the job from home.
Anyone outside their home will need to carry a written statement justifying their presence outside.
As we reported earlier, over one week, the mortality rate from coronavirus in Europe increased by almost 40 percent, compared to the last week's figure.
Most of the cases were observed in France, Spain, Netherlands, the UK, and Russia.
"The concern... is that intensive care units in hospitals are now beginning to fill with very ill people," the official WHO representative said.