Paris is at risk for returning into lockdown one week from now after the French government said the coronavirus pandemic was worsening in the capital.
“Since yesterday, over the most recent 24 hours, Paris has passed the threshold that would put it in the maximum alert category,” French Minister of Health Olivier Véran said Thursday evening.
France’s “maximum alert” threshold is reached when the incidence rate reaches 250 per 100,000 individuals, in any event, 30% of intensive care beds are occupied by COVID patients, and the rate among the old passes 100 per 100,000.
The Paris area had just satisfied the last two criteria.
A worker at a Paris bar closes up early to comply with new Covid-19 restrictions forcing bars and bistros in the French funding to close at 10 p.m. on September 28.
Speaking from Bichat-Claude Bernard hospital in the city, Véran said that if the “evolution” was confirmed in the coming days, “we will not have any choice but to place Paris and its closest suburbs in maximum alert category as soon as Monday.”
“We will re-examine indicators on Sunday, with the Paris mayor and elected authorities,” he included.
Aurelien Rousseau, head of the Paris region health authority, told radio station France Inter on Wednesday that 34% of intensive care beds were occupied by Covid-19 patients in the region and the incidence rate for people over 65 was more than 100 per 100,000 inhabitants.
He said the rate was also high for people between the ages of 20 and 30, at 450 cases for every 100,000 people.
Marseille and France’s overseas department of Guadeloupe are already on “maximum alert,” which meant bars and restaurants had to close. The same could apply in Paris, where numerous business owners fear closure and have been challenging existing limitations.
Paris was at that point on “enhanced alert,” with gatherings restricted to 10 individuals and a 10 p.m. curfew for bars since Monday. The Paris police department said a week ago that businesses could be made to close if they failed to comply with the regulations.
Masks are compulsory for pedestrians, cyclists, and bike riders in the district, and should be worn in totally encased public spaces, including by school students over the age 11.
Cases in France rose by 13,970 on Thursday, taking the total to 577,505 with 32,019 deaths. Cases hit a record day by day increase of 16,096 on September 24.
The news comes after the Spanish government announced that Madrid was to be returned to lockdown, with people unable to leave or enter the area.
Nations across Europe are re imposing local lockdowns and new limitations to fight the second wave of infection sweeping the continent, with households in the north of England banned from mixing indoors and the Dutch government making masks mandatory in all indoor public spaces.
This article is originally posted on CNN