Covid-19 cases across the world are on the rise again. And to curb the further spread of the virus, several countries like India are now considering lockdown as an option. While other countries are still in two minds about the lockdown, Paris has already entered into lockdown once again on Friday. Yep, to curb the spread of the more contagious variant of the virus, Paris has gone into lockdown.
Clothing Stores And Furniture Shops To Be Shut
Reports in the Reuters state that the lockdown is announced in Paris and several areas in the north of France. However, as per the rules, people won’t be locked at home, but they will be required to maintain a good amount of social distancing, whereas clothing stores and furniture shops will be shut.
Bookstores and other essential stores can remain open. A nationwide curfew, which was imposed in December 2020, will stay in place but be moved to 7 PM from 8 PM. The authorities took this decision after they discovered that 75 per cent of the new cases are of the UK variant, which is more contagious and harmful.
Night Curfew To Remain In Place In Paris
Prime Minister Jean Castex said at a news conference,
“The epidemic is getting worse. Our responsibility now is to not let it escape our control. Four weeks, the time required for the measures to generate a sufficient impact. [It is] the time we need to reach a threshold in the vaccination of the most vulnerable.”
The lockdown also comes in place after several countries paused the usage of AstraZeneca shots following reports of blood clots. However, as per the reports from the European Medicines Agency, the shots are safe since the vaccine is not associated with an increase in the overall risk of blood clots. Prime Minister Castex also said that France would resume offering the AstraZeneca shot.
“I am confident public trust in the vaccine will be restored,” he told the wire service.