The Paris region will enter a coronavirus lockdown for a month


Paris and other regions within France will enter a month-long lockdown starting Friday as coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths rise across the country, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced Thursday, according to Le Parisien.

Driving the news: The closure, the third for the French capital since the start of the pandemic, will include the closure of non-essential businesses, a curfew and restrictions on outdoor travel.

By the numbers: Since the start of the pandemic, France has seen 4.2 million cases of COVID-19, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

  • Over the past 24 hours, France has reported 34,998 new cases and 273 deaths, according to Le Parisien.
  • Currently, 25,389 people are hospitalized due to the virus. More than 4,000 of those people are in intensive care.

The panorama: President Emmanuel Macron has opposed a third national shutdown due to economic, social and psychological impacts, preferring instead local restrictions where cases and hospitalizations are increasing, according to France 24.

  • Health authorities have begun moving critically ill patients to less affected regions to ease pressure on hospitals, AP writes.
  • Castex also announced that the country will restart vaccines against AstraZeneca on Friday after the government suspended their use over reports of blood clots in recipients of that vaccine.

Go deeper: The new coronavirus spike in Europe is a warning to the US.

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