France considers extending state of emergency

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France considers extending state of emergency
Paris is now on the highest COVID alert. image: Twitter

FRANCE considers extending its state of emergency until February 16 next year.

Government spokesperson Gabriel Attal said that officials are now considering extending the state of emergency until February 16th next year. He added that as numbers of cases continue to rise, several more regions will enter red-alert status, meaning they will have curfews imposed.

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Currently, 9pm to 6am curfews are in place. The plan to extend these measures until next year comes as France reported more than 30’000 cases on Friday, the highest since the start of the pandemic.

Mr Attal also said that the country’s hospital emergency rooms were now at 40% of capacity due to the heavy influx of COVID-19 patients.


Hospitals in Paris moved into emergency mode earlier this month, as coronavirus patients made up close to half of all patients in intensive care units (ICUs).

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Brigitte Macron, the French First Lady has begun seven days of self-isolation after coming into contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, officials said.

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