COVID19 – France enters third lockdown

France enters third lockdown

COVID19 – France enters third lockdown

France has entered its third national lockdown as it battles a surge in cases of Covid-19 that threatens to overwhelm the country’s hospitals.

To enforce the health restrictions against Covid19, some 6,600 police and gendarmes will be deployed during the Easter weekend in the Ile-de-France region. All schools and non-essential shops will shut for four weeks, and a curfew will be in place from 19:00 to 06:00.

On Friday, the number of seriously ill Covid patients in intensive care units (ICU) increased by 145 – the biggest jump in five months.

While Apple Stores have been generally returning to normal worldwide, Apple has now shut all 20 stores in France, AppleInsider reported on Friday.

Many French people rushed to buy train tickets immediately after the announcement of a new lockdown on Wednesday evening. So the capital’s stations will likely get more crowded over the weekend as travelers planning to spend the latest lockdown outside Paris mix with those traveling to visit relatives for Easter. Some Parisians also left the capital after restrictions were imposed in the capital region a couple of weeks ago.