2:10 p.m .: Bars and restaurants closed in Lombardy
Lombardy (north), the Italian region most affected by the second wave, closes all its bars and restaurants from midnight this Saturday and suspends all amateur sports activities.
2:06 p.m .: What does the reinforced health protocol contain in all restaurants?
Since this Saturday, all restaurants in France have been subject to considerably reinforced health rules: no more than six people at the table, one meter away between the different groups, taking of customer contact details, wearing a mask until the service of the first flat … All the details in our article.
2:03 p.m .: Start of curfew for 20 million French people
Some 20 million French people are preparing to live their first evening under curfew on Saturday. This nocturnal confinement strikes the inhabitants of Île-de-France and the metropolitan areas of Lyon, Lille, Toulouse, Montpellier, Saint-Etienne, Aix-Marseille, Rouen and Grenoble.
Exempt are persons who return from work or from a place of study or go there, claim a health requirement, must visit a loved one in a situation of dependency, babysit, respond to a court summons or administration or walk their pet within a radius of one kilometer. On the way or at the exit of stations and airports, plane and train tickets will prevail.
To download the certificate, go to the website of the Ministry of the Interior.
11:45 am: Germany asks its citizens to stay at home
« Give up any travel that is not really necessary, any celebration that is not really necessary. Please stay at home, in your place of residence, as much as possible. » Angela Merkel solemnly asked her fellow citizens to reduce their social relations as much as possible, while the epidemic is experiencing a marked acceleration in Germany.
9:10 am: « Brutal aggravation » in French Polynesia
French Polynesia is facing « a brutal worsening of the epidemic », said Friday the High Commissioner of the Republic, Dominique Sorain, while the president of the local government, Edouard Fritch, is in isolation after being tested positive a week ago.
According to the local health directorate, the incidence rate, which counts the number of cases over 7 days per 100,000 inhabitants, reached 409 on Wednesday, a level which places it among the highest in France, and even climbs to nearly of 500 among 15-44 year olds, while the reproduction rate is now 1.4, well above the limit set by scientists to avoid an increase in the number of cases.
6:56 am: Two vaccines could be ready in November in the United States
US companies Pfizer and Moderna plan to seek authorization for their Covid-19 vaccines by the end of November in the United States, which would mark an all-time record for vaccine development, nine months after the first death from coronavirus in the country.
6:45 am: For the curfew, here is the travel certificate to download
To waive the curfew put in place from midnight Friday in Ile-de-France and in eight cities, you will need a travel certificate.
You can download this certificate by clicking on this link.
6:35 am: The curfew and state of health emergency have entered into force
The curfew and the state of health emergency came into effect on the night of Friday to Saturday. The curfew will apply for at least four weeks in Ile-de-France and in eight metropolises (Grenoble, Lyon, Lille, Aix-Marseille, Montpellier, Rouen, Toulouse and Saint-Étienne). Travel will be prohibited between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., except when entering one of the exceptional cases provided for.
What to remember from Friday
– More than 1.1 million deaths from the coronavirus have been officially recorded worldwide, according to a count made by AFP from official sources Friday at 5 p.m. In France, the number of confirmed cases in 24 hours amounted to 25,086 this Friday, according to data from Public Health France. In total, 834,770 people have tested positive for Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic. The test positivity rate remains high at 12.9%. There were also 122 additional deaths in 24 hours this Friday, for a total of 33,303 deaths since the start of the pandemic. Finally, 6,906 patients were hospitalized during the last 7 days, including 1,204 in intensive care.
– The curfew entered into force for at least four weeks during the night from Friday to Saturday, in Ile-de-France and in eight French metropolises: Grenoble, Lyon, Lille, Aix-Marseille, Montpellier, Rouen, Toulouse and Saint Etienne. It will be forbidden to travel between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., except when entering one of the exceptional cases provided for. A travel certificate must be presented in the event of an inspection.
– Despite calls from professionals, no exemption will be allowed for live entertainment or amateur sport. « The rules must be the same for everyone, » Prime Minister Jean Castex said on the sidelines of a trip to Lille.
– The screwdriver is also being felt in other European countries, due to the deterioration of the health situation, such as in Germany or the Republic of Ireland.
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