These are finally 38 new departments which will switch from Saturday at 0 a.m. under curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., due to the growing epidemic of Covid-19, announced Thursday afternoon Jean Castex during his press conference. In total, 46 million French people will be affected.
Which departments will be affected?
The list of new departments under curfew: Ain, Alpes-Maritimes, Ardèche, Ardennes, Ariège, Aube, Aveyron, Bas-Rhin, Calvados, Corse-du-sud, Côte-d’Or, Drôme, Gard, Haute- Corsica, Haute-Loire, Haute-Savoie, Haute-Vienne, Hautes-Alpes, Hautes-Pyrénées, Ille-et-Vilaine, Indre-et-Loire, Jura, Loiret, Lozère, Maine-et-Loire, Marne, Meurthe- et-Moselle, Oise, Pas-de-Calais, Puy-de-Dôme, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Pyrénées-Orientales, Saône-et-Loire, Savoie, Tarn, Tarn-et-Garonne, Var and Vaucluse. Overseas, Polynesia is also concerned.
So far, nine metropolises have been affected by the 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew: the Ile-de-France region and the metropolitan areas of Grenoble, Lille, Lyon, Aix-Marseille, Montpellier, Rouen, Saint-Etienne and Toulouse. In all of these areas, the curfew is extended to the departments: Loire, Rhône, Nord, Isère, Bouches-du-Rhône, Haute-Garonne, Hérault, Paris, Hauts-de-Seine, Val-d’Oise , Val-de-Marne, Seine-Saint-Denis, Essonne, Yvelines and Seine-et-Marne.
In total, 54 departments and Polynesia, representing 46 million French people, will therefore be affected by the curfew from next weekend. The curfew hours remain unchanged.
“The second wave of the epidemic is here”
“The situation is serious” in France, where “the circulation of the virus is reaching an extremely high level”, justified Thursday Jean Castex by unveiling these new measures to try to stem the epidemic of coronavirus. “The second wave is here,” he continued.
According to the Prime Minister, the incidence rate, that is to say the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 inhabitants, increased by 40% in one week, to reach 251 on the national territory. And the reproduction rate of the virus induces a doubling of the number of cases every two weeks.
“Depending on the results, we will reassess the device to possibly harden it”, also announced the head of government, promising a “difficult month of November”. “The new cases of today are the patients of tomorrow and some will die,” he warned.