France enters third national lockdown amid ICU surge
French government extended restrictions on people’s outings and operating hours of retail shops in the capital, Paris, and parts of northern regions to the entire country on Saturday evening.
It is the third time that nationwide restrictions on outings are in place following those introduced in the spring and autumn of last year. The current measures will last for four weeks.
France has entered a third national lockdown as a recent surge in the number of new cases infected with a coronavirus variant has overwhelmed the country’s healthcare system.
The coronavirus variant initially confirmed in Britain has spread across France, bringing the daily tally of new cases to nearly 60,000.
More than 5,200 people are being treated in intensive care units. The figure is higher than that recorded in the peak last fall.