UPDATE: Where are France’s 42 coronavirus ‘red zones’?

The number of Covid-19 'red zones' in France - meaning the virus is actively circulating has risen to 42. Here's where they are.

UPDATE: Where are France's 42 coronavirus 'red zones'?
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France has seen a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases over recent weeks across the territory, and the government this week bumped another 14 départements up to “red” alert. 

Previously there were 28 (see map below) zed zones in France, but French PM Jean Castex announced the number had risen to 42 during a televised speech on Friday September 11th.

The government categorises a département as red when the spread of Covid-19 in the area reaches a level they consider alarming enough give local authorities extra powers to contain the spread.

A  red zone generally has recorded more than 50 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last seven days, but the government also looks as other factors such as pressure on hospitals in the area.

In summary, if a département is classed as red it's not positive news.

France's Health Ministry published the latest list and a map of the 42 départements.

The latest list of “red” départements in mainland France is as follows: Paris,
Seine et Marne, Yvelines, Essonne, Hauts-de-Seine, Seine-Saint-Denis, Val-de-Marne, Val-d’Oise, Loiret, Côte d’Or, Seine-Maritime, Nord, Pas-de-Calais, Bas-Rhin, Sarthe, Maine-et-Loire, Loire-Atlantique ;Îlle et Vilaine, Gironde, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Hérault, Haute-Garonne, Gard, Tarn-et-Garonne, Pyréné, Orientales, Aude, Rhône, Ain,  Puy-de-Dôme, Loire, Isère, Alpes-Maritimes, Bouches du Rhône, Var, Vaucluse, Corse-du-Sud, Haute-Corse.




The overseas départements of Guadeloupe, La Reunion and Martinique are also red zones.

Guyane and Mayotte are classed purple because they are still under a state of health emergency.

The government bases its decision to label a zone red on data collected by the public health agency Santé Publique France, which follows the development of Covid-19 in France in detail, both on a nationwide and a local level.

The ruling strategy since the end of lockdown has been to avoid nationwide blanket measures to the extent possible and rather trust local authorities with the power to take the best decisions adapted to their zones. 

Some local authorities in hotspot areas have issued rules such as closing bars earlier than usual. In Marseille, which has been a red zone for several weeks, all bars bars and restaurants close at 11pm in a attempt to curb the spread. 

To know exactly what it means to be living in a red zone CLICK HERE.

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French public urged to wear face masks again on public transport

With France in the middle of a new wave of Covid-19, the country's health minister has urged the public to once again wear face masks on public transport and in crowded spaces.

French public urged to wear face masks again on public transport

With cases on the rise again, French Health Minister Brigitte Bourguignon said she is “[asking] the French to put masks back on in transport” in an interview with RTL on Monday, 

For the time being, however, she stressed it was just advice, rather than an obligation, and masks have in fact been recommended on public transport since the legal requirement to wear them was lifted in May. 

However with France reporting over 50,000 daily cases of Covid-19 the government is clearly concerned by the current wave of the pandemic.

Bourguignon said that “we must protect ourselves and protect others,” adding that wearing a mask is “a civic gesture.”

She urged people to don their masks as soon as they see a crowded train or station.

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In addition to public transport, Bourguignon is also asking the French to once again mask-up in “all crowded, enclosed areas.”

Currently, masks are only required in hospitals, health centres and places that have vulnerable residents such as nursing homes. They are recommended in crowded spaces where it is impossible to practice social distancing.