AGENCIES, Paris: France on Monday reported that 833 more people had died of COVID-19 in hospitals and nursing homes, its highest daily toll since the epidemic began and prompted health authorities in Paris to enforce some extra non-negotiable measures to contain the spread of the virus.
On Tuesday, authorities declared a ban on Parisians exercising outside during the day, as a precautionary measure. The new rule takes effect between 10:00am and 7:00pm local time. Mayor Anne Hidalgo and the chief of police said this would restrict people to exercise “when the streets are generally at their quietest”.
Among European countries, France has one of the highest death tolls from the virus. In total, 8,911 people have died and the number of confirmed cases is almost at 100,000.
On Tuesday, health minister Olivier Véran said the outbreak hasn’t reach its peak, but admitted, “We are still in a worsening phase of the epidemic.”
France has been under strict lockdown for almost a month. Anyone who goes outside is required to carry a document stating their reason for leaving home: shopping for necessities, visiting a doctor, or exercise within 1km (half a mile) of their address. Police have fined thousands of people for violating the tight restrictions.
While there have been positive signs that the outbreak may be slowing down, but there have been concerns about the situation in old age nursing homes. Until recently, reported deaths from the virus only included those who died in hospitals. Véran announced there would be a nationwide campaign to screen nursing homes, its residents and careworkers for possible infections.