French President Emmanuel Macron has announced a second national lockdown addressing the nation on Wednesday. He compared this measure to “apply the brakes brutality.” France had 520 deaths recorded Tuesday. Under the new rules, starting on Friday, for at least the whole of November, people would only be allowed to leave home for essential work or medical reasons, to provide assistance to a relative, to shop for essential goods or to get some air near the house.
Restaurants and bars will close, also non-essential businesses. but schools and factories will remain open. People would need to fill in a form to justify leaving their homes. Citizens would be allocated one hour for exercise. Visits to care homes will be allowed. Social gatherings are banned. People can hold in-person funerals. On Tuesday, 33,000 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in the country. The proportion of critical beds occupied by Covid patients is now 70% in Paris. The president promised help for French firms, but did not provide details. Infections are rising in many European countries. Night curfews are in force in several countries.