France: Paris will be put on maximum alert from Tuesday but restaurants will remain open

Paris will be upgraded to maximum alert level as the French capital and a number of other cities see a surge in cases of COVID-19.

But although the alert level in the city will be raised, restaurants will not be forced to close in Paris and will be allowed to re-open in Marseille from Monday, AFP reported.

In a statement, the French authorities said: “The government received this evening the opinion of the High Council of Public Health concerning the opening of restaurants.

“A reinforced health protocol applicable in the zones of heightened alert as well as in the zones of maximum alert will be put in place. up and will keep the restaurants open.”

More information will be provided at a press conference by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo at 11.30 am CET on Monday, AFP reported.

Health minister Olivier Véran said last week that three key COVID-19 indicators had been hit in Paris: the city has 263 new COVID-19 cases daily per 100,000 people, 105 new cases daily per 100,000 people over the age of 65, and between 30-35% of intensive deva units now treat COVID-19 patients.

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