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France heads back into lockdown amid surge of COVID-19 cases

April 1, 2021 7:30 am

France is to return to lockdown for a month, starting from Saturday.

Addressing the nation on television today, French President Emmanuel Macron announced the order after a surge in COVID -19 cases, with the country approaching 100,000 deaths.

Macron has tried to avoid a third major lockdown amid accusations he let the crisis get out of control while trying to restart the economy.

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The new restrictions are to cover the whole of mainland France and Corsica for four weeks, with schools and childcare closing, in an attempt to stem a resurgence in coronavirus infections.

France has seen daily new infections double from 20,000 in February to about 40,000 now, as hospitals in the capital Paris overflow.

 

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