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Second COVID-19 Wave Sends France Back Into National Lockdown

Second COVID-19 Wave Sends France Back Into National Lockdown. Starting Friday, France will enter its second national lockdown. The announcement comes as new COVID-19 cases rise at an alarming rate in the country. France saw a record 52,010 new cases on Saturday, with the number of intensive care patients rising from 148 to 2,918. . Under these new restrictions, non-essential businesses, bars and restaurants will be closed. . People will only be allowed to leave their homes to perform essential work, go to medical appointments, care for relatives and shop for essentials. . Citizens will also be allowed one hour for exercise, though everyone will be required to fill out a form to justify why they are leaving their homes. . Schools will remain open and, unlike the country’s first lockdown, home care visits will be allowed. . The measures will apply until at least December 1, at which time they’ll be reassessed every two weeks. . In a public address to the nation, French President Emmanuel Macron said that the country must “apply the brakes.”. The virus is circulating at a speed that not even the most pessimistic forecasts had anticipated … Like all our neighbors, we are submerged by the sudden acceleration of the virus, Emmanuel Macron, via Reuters