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France to Extend Overnight Curfew to More Areas

Prime Minister Jean Castex has announced that, France will extend an overnight curfew to dozens more areas in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus. The prime minister's announcement came less than a week after the same curfew was applied to the Paris region and eight other cities, including Marseille, Lyon, Lille and Toulouse.

The 21:00 to 06:00 curfew will come into force at midnight on Friday, and some 46 million people will now be affected by the measure.

The restrictions will be extended to 38 more administrative departments as well as the overseas territory of Polynesia, and will remain in place for six weeks.

The new decision is following the surge in the case and the changing climate to extreme cold.

"The second wave is now under way," he said, adding that the situation in the country was "very serious".

"The coming weeks will be hard and the number of deaths will continue to rise," Mr Castex told a press conference on Thursday.

"If we fail to stop the pandemic, we will be facing a dire situation and we will have to mull much tougher measures," he added.

"We still have time to avoid that but we don't have much time," he said.

France has reported more than 20,000 new cases over the past six days, and the total number of confirmed infections is now more than 950,000.

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