French authorities might place Paris on most virus alert as quickly as Monday, probably requiring all bars to shut and different new restrictions as Covid-19 instances surge, Well being Minister Olivier Veran mentioned Thursday, AFP studies.
The capital and its closest suburbs, comprising practically seven million inhabitants, have already breached the utmost alert thresholds, Veran informed a press convention.
“We’d like a number of days to substantiate the tendencies, but when they’re confirmed, we’ll haven’t any alternative however to place it on most alert, from Monday,” he mentioned.
“That might suggest that folks in Paris and suburbs must drastically restrict their social interactions… no extra household gatherings, no extra evenings out, and a complete closure of bars,” he added.
“We’re in a section the place the scenario is worsening.”
To date, solely the southern metropolis of Marseille and the Caribbean territory of Guadeloupe have been positioned on most alert, resulting in bar in addition to restaurant closures, and a shutdown of public venues reminiscent of museums and cinemas until strict safeguards are in place.
However Veran mentioned 5 different cities – Lille, Lyon, Grenoble, Toulouse and Saint-Etienne – may be positioned on most alert subsequent week.
Already in Paris, bars should shut at 10:00 pm (2000 GMT) and gymnasiums have been closed utterly.
The federal government has mentioned it would take each precaution essential to keep away from a brand new state of emergency that may require a generalised lockdown just like the one imposed on the peak of the outbreak, from mid-March to mid-Could.