French Gov is expected to announce nationwide COVID-19 lockdown measures

Beirut, Lebanon,6th of August 2020. French President Emmanuel Macron. He is visiting the Lebanese people after the Beirut explosion, talking to them, and touched by their tragedy. Credit: James chehab

French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to announce new COVID-19 lockdown measures Wednesday evening. The announcement comes as a surge of new cases and deaths is forcing the government to find ways to stop the spread of the virus during the winter months, according to The Independent.

According to reports, there were more than 500 new coronavirus deaths on Tuesday night in France, which was up from 257 from the day before.

Many other European nations have already started to lockdown. Those nations, including Italy, noted a substantial increase in numbers of COVID-19 patients.

Italy was the latest European country to announce restrictions. Those went into effect Monday and will stay in place until Nov. 24. Those restrictions will force bars and restaurants to close by 6 p.m., while gyms, movie theaters, and public pools will close completely. The Italian government is also asking citizens to stay home and to limit contacts to their immediate family, as reported.

“We think we will suffer a bit this month but by gritting our teeth with these restrictions, we’ll be able to breathe again in December,” Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said during a Sunday press conference.

Macron will address the nation at 8pm (7pm GMT). He is expected to attend meetings with the defense council and cabinet, according to The Independent.

There are many protests across the globe in lieu of increasing COVID-19 lockdowns. Paris is under a strict curfew which forbids anyone from leaving their homes from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. The capital is one of eight other cities under curfew in France.

For more on this story go to The Independent

You can follow Sara A Carter on Twitter @SaraCarterDC