France is going to impose curfews on nine cities, including Paris, as the coronavirus continues to surge in European countries.
French President Emmanuel Macron announced that the curfew restrictions will last for four weeks, according to the New York Times. The curfew is from 9 p.m to 6 a.m.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Macron imposed other restrictions on their countries, including mandatory face mask policies and shutting down restaurants and bars.
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“We haven’t lost control,” Macron said, according to the New York Times. “We are in a situation that is worrying that justifies being neither inactive nor panicked.” (RELATED: Europe Is Reopening Schools Even As Coronavirus Cases Are Surging In Some Major European Countries)
“I am watching with great concern the renewed increase in infection numbers in almost every part of Europe,” Merkel said Tuesday, the outlet reported. “We mustn’t throw away what we achieved via restrictions over the past months.”
There have been over 820,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in France, according to data from Johns Hopkins University at the time this article was published. The increase in cases seems to jump at the beginning of August, the data shows.
Germany has recorded over 340,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, and has seen the same spike beginning in the fall.
Germany has seen less than 10,000 deaths from the virus while France has reported over 33,000 deaths linked to the virus, according to the data.