French President Emmanuel Macron Widens COVID-19 Lockdown Measures For Two Weeks In The Country

President Emmanuel Macron on 31 March pushed France into its third national lockdown and said schools would remain close for three weeks. The new lockdown will be imposed for four weeks.

Aditi Sharma

April 2, 2021

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French President Emmanuel Macron has extended the lockdown to all over the country from 19 areas. Amid the rise in the Coronavirus cases in France,  the countrywide lockdown has been extended for four weeks. The lockdown would be imposed from 3 April, Macron announced at a televised address on Wednesday (local time).

On 30 March,  30,702 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the country and over 1000 fatalities due to the pandemic. Confirmed COVID-19 cases per day in France have doubled since February to nearly 40,000. Macron said in a statement, “We don’t have to lock ourselves in but we need to limit our contacts”.

From  27 March evening for a period of four weeks, travel will be limited everywhere in France to a radius of 10 km from home for daily outings. During curfew hours from 7 pm to 6 am, or for trips exceeding 10 kilometres, a certificate will be required, said Macron in a televised address to the nation.

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Macron also announced a closure of all schools and daycare centres for a period of three weeks until 26 April. He also made a justification for his policy of keeping them open since the end of the first lockdown in spring 2020. France has successfully given vaccination doses to 11.75 per cent of its population by March 29. However, it is less in comparison to the UK which has given doses to 45.19 per cent of its population.

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“We gained precious weeks of liberty, weeks of learning for our children, we allowed hundreds of thousands of workers to keep their head above water, without losing control of the epidemic,” Macron said in favour of not imposing a lockdown in January.

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