The president of France, Emmanuel Macron, announced this Wednesday the extension of the restrictions already in force in 19 departments to the rest of the French territory for four weeks due to the increase in infections. From April 3 to May 2, a curfew is imposed at 7:00 p.m., all hotels and shops are closed and teleworking is systematically implemented. Movement between regions is not allowed, but those who want to move to second homes can do so this weekend. In the same way, they limit the mobility of their citizens by establishing a maximum area of 10 kilometers from home.
The new confinement announced by Macron this time entails the closure of schools, contrary to what had happened in the regions where it was until now in force. The French government will alter the school calendar to close all schools for at least three weeks, extending the so-called ‘spring break’. Kindergarten and elementary school students will resume face-to-face classes on April 26. That day the secondary and high school classes will return virtually with the aim of returning to the schools on May 3.
This Tuesday the symbolic threshold of 5,000 patients in ICUs was exceeded, above the peak of the second wave in mid-November, and some epidemiologists have warned that in a few weeks the ceiling of 7,000 of the first wave could be reached . The incidence rate stands at 725 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days.