Macron Puts France in Lockdown as Virus Sick Swamp Hospitals

French President Emmanuel Macron imposed a new nationwide lockdown for the next month, clamping down on movement as the rapid spread of the coronavirus overwhelms health services.

The shutdown of bars, restaurants, non-essential retailers and other activities will start on Friday, and comes less than a week after France expanded a curfew to about two-thirds of the population in a bid to regain control of the pandemic. Infections and hospitalizations are rising at such a pace that avoiding tighter measures is no longer possible, according to health-care officials.

“The virus is circulating in France at a speed that even the most pessimistic forecast didn’t foresee,” Macron said in an address televised nationally on Wednesday evening. “The measures we’ve taken have turned out to be insufficient to counter a wave that’s affecting all Europe.”

France’s stay-at-home order is part of a series of tighter restrictions across Europe, where more than 210,000 people have died from the disease and nearly 6.5 million have been infected — Germany, the U.K., Italy, Spain and Greece reported record daily increases in cases on Wednesday.

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France’s New Lockdown

From Friday until at least Dec. 1: