It was already announced on Wednesday that the maximum alert phase would be extended to various other departments on Thursday.
BFM-TV pointed out that in the cities of Clermont-Ferrand, Tours and Nantes, among others, the number of infections per 100,000 inhabitants is increasing considerably in seven days. Strasbourg is also flirting with the maximum threshold.
Curfews are already in place in Paris, Lyon, Grenoble, Montpellier, Lille, Toulouse, Rouen and Saint-Etienne and the metropolis of Marseille/Aix-en-Provence.
Coronavirus has infected 957,421 people in France since the start of the pandemic, and 34,048 have lost their lives to the virus. Belgium, for its part, counts 253,386 confirmed cases, and 10,539 people have died.