France on Wednesday decided to re-impose a state of ‘health emergency’, according to news agency AFP. The decision comes less than 24 hours after French President Emmanuel Macron met senior cabinet ministers to discuss measures to contain further spread of Covid-19.
Earlier on Monday, French Prime Minister Jean Castex had told media outlets that local lockdowns across the country cannot be ruled out. Prime Minister Castex’s remarks came in the wake of authorities in Toulouse and Montpellier declaring ‘maximum alert status’ to contain the spread of infection.
Prior to this, Paris, Marseille and four other French cities had announced similar measures.
French President Emmanuel Macron’s meeting with a new health defence council was prompted by a spike in the number of people being treated in intensive care units for Covid-19 across the country. The number of people being treated in intensive care units for Covid-19 in France was pegged at 1,539 on October 12.