Mar 18, 2021 - World

Paris region to enter month-long coronavirus lockdown

Health workers working in the pneumology unit of hospital in Paris on March 18.
Health workers in Paris on March 18. Photo: Christophe Archambault/AFP via Getty Images

Paris and other regions within France will enter a month-long lockdown starting Friday as coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths across the country spike, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced Thursday, according to Le Parisien.

Driving the news: The lockdown, the third for France's capital city since the start of the pandemic, will include the closure of nonessential businesses, a curfew and restrictions on outdoor trips.

By the numbers: Since the start of the pandemic, France has seen 4.2 million cases of COVID-19, per data from Johns Hopkins University.

  • Over the last 24 hours, France has reported 34,998 new cases and 273 deaths, according to Le Parisien.
  • Currently, 25,389 people are hospitalized because of the virus. More than 4,000 of those people are in intensive care.

The big picture: President Emmanuel Macron has opposed a third national lockdown due to the economic, social and psychological impacts, instead preferring local restrictions where cases and hospitalizations are rising, according to France 24.

  • Health authorities have initiated the transfer of critically ill patients to less-affected regions to ease pressure on hospitals, AP writes.
  • Castex also announced that the country would restart AstraZeneca vaccinations on Friday after the government suspended its use over reports of blood clots in recipients of that vaccine.

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