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Paris faces new restrictions as Covid-19 cases continue to rise

Inhabitants of Paris are facing new restrictions on daily life as Covid-19 cases in the capital and surrounding region continue to rise.

Paris faces new restrictions as Covid-19 cases continue to rise
Paris is set to introduce extra health restrictions. Photo: AFP

Although case numbers are high in Paris and the surrounding Île-de-France region, the capital has so far avoided being ordered to impose extra restrictions, unlike Marseille, Bordeaux, Lyon and Nice where local authorities were told to tighten restrictions as cases rose.

The French government is hoping to avoid another nationwide lockdown, and is instead relying on local restrictions in areas where cases are high.

The government is monitoring case numbers closely and areas of particular concern – with high numbers of cases and pressure on local hospitals – can be instructed by the government to increase controls.

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Authorities in Lyon and Nice were instructed to do this last week, with Marseille and Bordeaux receiving the order a few days earlier. For a breakdown on local restrictions in these cities – click HERE.

French media reported that a meeting was held on Monday between Paris City Hall, the Préfecture de Police and the regional health authority of Île-de-France to discuss tougher measures, which are expected to be announced on Wednesday.

Also on Wednesday, France's Defence Council is meeting to discuss the pandemic and whether any extra local or national restrictions are needed.

Local authorities in Paris have already introduced local mask rules requiring face masks to be worn in all public outdoor areas of the capital and its surrounding suburbs, in addition to the national rule making masks compulsory in all indoor public spaces. Failure to comply can lead to a €135 fine.

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  1. Talk about a misleading headline! Come on guys! I’m a journalist too and you can do better than this. No info here on any new restrictions

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France’s monkeypox count rises to 277 as first woman contracts virus

France has detected 277 cases of monkeypox, health authorities said Tuesday, June 21st, including the first case in the country of a woman contracting the virus.

France's monkeypox count rises to 277 as first woman contracts virus

The case numbers have risen steeply since the last official figure of 183 cases five days earlier. But there have been no deaths in France attributed to monkeypox.

The normal initial symptoms of monkeypox include a high fever, swollen lymph nodes and a blistery chickenpox-like rash.

Until recently, the viral disease had generally been confined to Western and Central Africa but is now present in several continents, particularly Europe.

Among the latest cases recorded in France, “a first female case has been confirmed, the mode of transmission of which is currently being investigated, and all the others are men,” the French national public health agency said in a statement.

So far, the recent outbreak of monkeypox, which is currently affecting some 40 countries, has mainly affected men who have engaged in gay sex.

The World Health Organization is due to hold an emergency meeting on Thursday to determine whether to classify the global monkeypox outbreak as a public health emergency of international concern.

The virus usually clears up after two or three weeks.

Most of the cases identified in France have been found in Paris and its suburbs, though smaller outbreaks have been seen in several regions throughout the country, including Normandy in the north and the Cote d’Azur in the south.

The first monkeypox case in France was discovered on May 20, the same day the virus was detected in neighbouring Germany.

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