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Paris lockdown as France fears 'third wave'

March 19, 2021 11:13 am
Some 1,200 people are said to be in intensive care in hospitals across Paris. [Source: BBC]

The French capital Paris is set to go into a month-long Covid lockdown as the country fears a third wave.

Another 15 regions in the country will also be placed under the same measures from midnight on Friday.

These measures will not be as strict as the previous lockdown, Prime Minister Jean Castex said, with people allowed to exercise outdoors.

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France has recorded more than 35,000 new cases within the past 24 hours.

Mr Castex said a “third wave” of infections in the country was looking increasingly likely.

The situation in Paris is particularly worrying with 1,200 people in intensive care there, more than at the peak of the second wave in November, Health Minister Olivier Veran said.

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