BREAKING NEWS: France Shuts Its Borders To Non-EU Countries

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France Shuts Its Borders To Non-EU Countries

France Shuts Its Borders To Non-EU Countries.

FRANCE has closed its borders to non-EU countries except for essential travel just hours after the EU vaccine export row with the UK over Northern Ireland.

French Prime Minister, Jean Castex, stopped short of imposing a new lockdown despite infection rates remaining high in France. Anyone entering the country from the EU must give a negative PCR test, the PM added. Sources say the decision would not be applied to hauliers however.

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Mr Castex also announced tighter controls on the number of people allowed into shopping malls and increased police controls against people breaking a 6 pm curfew. Virus infections, hospitalisations and deaths have been rising steadily but not sharply in France in recent weeks – prompting fears of another lockdown. ‘More police and gendarmes will be mobilised to check non-compliance with the curfew, the organisation of clandestine parties and the illegal opening of restaurants.’ he said.

Citing the economic devastation of another shutdown, Mr Castex said: “Our duty is to put everything in place to avoid a new lockdown, and the coming days will be decisive.” France has reported 75,620 deaths during the pandemic – one of the highest figures in Europe.

Hospitalisations have continued to rise in January, with 60 per cent of intensive care beds currently occupied by virus patients.



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