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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.

Go deeper: Europe's new coronavirus spike is a warning to the U.S.

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In reversal, Pentagon now says drone strike killed 10 Afghan civilians

Caskets for the dead are carried towards the gravesite as relatives and friends attend a mass funeral for members of a family that is said to have been killed in a U.S. drone airstrike, in Kabul on Aug. 30. Photo: Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

A U.S. drone strike launched on Aug. 29 killed 10 civilians in Afghanistan, including seven children, rather than the Islamic State extremists the Biden administration claimed it targeted, the Pentagon said Friday.

Why it matters: U.S. Central Command said at the time that officials "know" the drone strike "disrupted an imminent ISIS-K threat" to Kabul's airport, and that they were "confident we successfully hit the target."

UN warns of "catastrophic" climate change failure without more emissions cuts

UN Secretary-General António Guterres at a news conference. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

A United Nations report released Friday warned that the planet will likely warm by more than 2.7 degrees Celsius by the end of the century unless governments take extra steps to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

Why it matters: The report, released just months ahead of November's UN Climate Summit, highlights the growing pressure on global leaders to crack down on emissions to avert the worst effects of climate change.

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Pentagon approves request for 100 National Guard troops for "Justice for J6" rally

Security fencing has been reinstalled around the Capitol. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has approved a request from Capitol Police to provide 100 D.C. National Guard troops in case law enforcement requires additional support at Saturday's "Justice for J6" rally at the Capitol.

Why it matters: Security preparations have ramped up ahead of the pro-Trump demonstration, where hundreds of protesters sympathetic to the Jan. 6 Capitol attack are expected to gather.