French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced this Thursday that he will advance the curfew from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. from Saturday and for at least another 15 days due to the widespread circulation of the virus. The curfew has been in effect in the country since December 15.
France has announced 23,000 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours compared to 19,753 the previous day. “The virus continues to circulate everywhere,” said Castex. “Our situation is fragile,” he added.
Castex has also announced other measures, such as tightening the measures for all people arriving from outside the EU. These people will have to present a negative PCR test before boarding and will be quarantined for seven days in France.
The prime minister has ruled out for the moment a third confinement, stating that the number of new infections is lower than at the time when the second national confinement was announced, when the “hospital situation was much more tense.”