Mumbai: Paris will ban distribution and takeaway services for food and wine prepared between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. from Friday to limit the spread of the coronavirus, which has infected a record number of 58,046 people nationally over 24 hours on Thursday.
Police also said that the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages will be banned in public places starting on Friday.
President Emanuel Macron imposed a new lockdown last month, forcing non-essential shops – such as not selling basic foods or medicines – to close, making people use signed documents to justify being out on the streets.
But a week into lockdown, France still registers more than 40,000 new virus infections per day, and intensive care units across the country are under stress as more than 4,200 ICU beds are now occupied by COVID-19 patients.
The country’s health minister said at a press conference that the second wave of coronavirus infection occurring across France would be more severe than previously experienced in spring.
France will see the number of COVID-19 victims at the peak of intensive care at 6,000 if the public complies with the new lockdown, or as many as 7,000 if the virus is spreading because it is no longer respecting imprisonment rules to all, Health Minister Olivier Veran said.
(With Reuters Inputs)