COVID-19 in France, October

France // 24 October, 2020

At least one million confirmed cases, including at least 34,500 deaths, as reported by Public Health France COVID-19 page (note figures vary from other sources). Wearing of face masks compulsory on public transport and in secondary schools.

Status: Outbreak

23 October: France has now crossed the one million mark in infections, with another record-breaking day of cases. The Prime Minister announced new restrictions for 38 administrative departments and Polynesia - in all, about 65 percent of France's citizens. For the next six weeks, a curfew will be in place from 9 pm to 6 am. Similar measures were enacted in Paris and eight other cities last week.

18 October: Cases continue to surge in France, making it one of the worst affected countries in Europe at the moment. Daily high records continue to be set throughout October with an additional 32,427 cases reported in the last 24 hours. In total 867,197 cases and 33,392 deaths have been confirmed.

Currently, 84 of the 101 departments nationally are at the high risk category. Nightly curfews have been enforced in Paris and eight other cities – for at least four weeks people will not be allowed to leave their homes between 9pm and 6am.

13 October: Almost 13,000 cases were reported today including 87 deaths. The number of COVID-19 patients being treated in intensive care units has passed 1,500, the highest number since 27 May and those in hospital with COVID-19 is above 8,600 for the first time since the end of June.

9 October: Cases continue to rise with over 20,000 cases reported in the previous 24 hours. The number of clusters remains at a high level. New hospitalizations, intensive care admissions for COVID-19 and death numbers currently remain at moderate levels. More cities are introducing tightened lockdowns - Lyon, Lille, Saint-Etienne and Grenoble will go into lockdown on Saturday with stricter controls on restaurants, cinemas and museums.

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