London and Paris Impose New Mandates as COVID-19 Cases Increase

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COVID-19 cases are quickly increasing in Europe’s largest capitals.

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Two of Europe’s most well-known capitals are in trouble, as COVID-19 cases are spiking within Paris and London. As Paris imposed an overnight curfew for the city, London decided to ban people from different households from meeting inside so that they can control the spread of the virus.

France has reported 22,591 new cases on Wednesday with 95 new deaths.

Cities included in the France curfew include Paris, Aix-Marseille, Grenoble, Montpellier, Toulouse, Saint Etienne, Lille, Rouen, and Lyon. President Emmanuel Macron announced that these cities will be ordered to be home from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. beginning Friday. “The aim is to reduce private contacts, which are the most dangerous contacts,” Macron said Wednesday in a discussion about the upcoming curfew.

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Those who choose to violate this nighttime curfew will face a fine.

The U.K. Health Secretary Matt Hancock clarified on Thursday that London will be moving from a Tier 1 “medium” to a Tier 2 “high” alert level. All Londoners will be banned from interacting indoors with members from other households. Additionally, group gatherings will have a limit of six people.

“We know from the first peak that the infection can spread fast and put huge pressures on the NHS, so we must act now to prevent the need for tougher measures later on,” Hancock said.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said on Thursday that its capital has reached a “critical moment” in its fight against COVID-19. He had warned the capital that the virus is spreading rapidly all over the city. As anyone can imagine, the continual guidelines have Europeans exhausted from the virus.

“Hospital admissions are up, more patients are going into intensive care and, sadly, the number of Londoners dying every day is increasing again,” he said in the London Assembly.
The massive lockdowns should exponentially help these capitals control their infection and death rates, as well as speed up the recovery of Europe.