Coronavirus: Paris on maximum alert, new measures to be announced
Share article:
Share article:

Coronavirus: Paris on maximum alert, new measures to be announced

Credit: Pixabay

Due to increased coronavirus circulation, Paris and the three departments of the inner suburbs will be placed on maximum alert and new restrictions will be announced on Monday, French Prime Minister Jean Castex’s office told AFP on Sunday.

Paris “crossed the three thresholds corresponding to the maximum alert zone several days ago and this trend was confirmed over the weekend,” the Prime Minister’s office said.

Paris’ incidence rate was still above 250 per 100,000 inhabitants and passed the critical threshold of 100 for those over 65 years of age. Covid-19 patients also occupy over 30% of beds in intensive care units, according to figures from the Regional Health Agency (ARS).

The “restrictive measures,” which will last 15 days, will be detailed at a press conference at 11:30 AM by mayor Anne Hidalgo and will come into force on Tuesday, the Prime Minister’s office said.

Related News


They will lead to the closure of cafés, the BBC reported. Restaurants, on the other hand, will be able to remain open, in Paris but also throughout France, including in Aix-Marseille where they had to close a week ago.

The government is in fact following the opinion of the High Council of Public Health, which on Sunday validated the reinforced health protocol proposed by the sector’s professionals and which will be applicable in the maximum alert zones as well as in the reinforced alert zones.

Moreover, university classrooms or lecture halls will have to operate at 50% capacity at most in reinforced and maximum alert zones, according to Castex’s office.

In addition, teleworking is “more than ever” privileged in these same zones, the government recalled.

“The figures are there, they weigh heavily,” commented Aurélien Rousseau, director-general of the Ile-de-France ARS, on Sunday.

The mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, who spoke throughout the day with Prime Minister Jean Castex, acknowledged that the health situation was “very serious” in the capital.

The Brussels Times

Latest news

Limiting private contacts ‘needed to fight autumn wave’, expert warns
The Consultative Committee announced it is introducing a handful of measures in public spaces to control the quickening spread of the coronavirus, ...
After 5 rescues in 2 days, hundreds of migrants take shelter in Italy
After five rescues in less than two days, almost 400 migrants aboard the Geo Barents search and rescue ship in the Central Mediterranean, operated by ...
Belgian wind farm closed down to save migrants floating in sea
A wind farm near Zeebrugge had to be shut down on Wednesday morning as more than 25 migrants had been adrift in its vicinity off the Belgian coast ...
Cinemas will require Covid Safe Ticket from Friday
The Covid Safe Ticket (CST) will be required to attend cinemas across Belgium from Friday, which marks the start of the autumn holidays, the ...
UN issues strong warning ahead of climate change summit in Glasgow
New and updated climate commitments fall far short of what is needed to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, leaving the world on track for a ...
Disastrous year for Belgian beekeepers
Belgian beekeepers have experienced a disastrous year, with honey production 50 to 60 percent lower than last year due to heavy rainfall during ...
New measures for schools considered as situation becomes ‘untenable’
Belgium's various education partners met on Wednesday to discuss additional measures to implement in schools as the coronavirus situation worsens in ...
Belgium in Brief: Back To Masks
I really hope you didn't throw out all your masks. You'll be needing them again. Now I do appreciate that this isn't a huge change for ...
Belgium a climate slowcoach as EU reveals emissions progress
The European Union is on track to pass its first big climate test, according to new figures published this week. But Belgium has been singled out for ...
Belgium’s decision on possible third shot postponed until Saturday
The decision on how Belgium will proceed with the roll-out of third shots of the coronavirus vaccine has been postponed until Saturday.  The news ...
Experts and politicians respond to new coronavirus measures
The handful of measures (re-)introduced by Belgium's Consultative Committee on Tuesday in response to the worsening coronavirus situation have had a ...
New fraudulent e-mails circulating in Belgium
A warning has been put out about new phishing e-mails that have been circulating since last Saturday and are sent from what could appear to be an ...