Paris coronavirus: a French government decree published on Friday declares Paris and the Bouches-du-Rhone area around Marseille as “red” zones of a second wave coronavirus infection.
The dramatic announcement comes after two weeks of a sharp uptick in new COVID-9 infections in the aforementioned regions.
Recently, wearing a face mask in public was made mandatory in both Paris and Marseille, DW reports. On Thursday, France reported 2,500 new coronavirus cases for the second day in a row.
The spike in COVID-19 cases in France has to lead the UK to impose a 14-day mandatory quarantine on people coming from France.
As per the decree, the government of France bestowed the local authorities the power to halt public movement in the region and cut circulation of vehicles as applicable including public transport and air travel, the Daily Mail reports.
Paris is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, and arguably France’s most visited place. Becoming the COVID-19 red zone again could interfere with the reviving tourism of the City of Light.