Paris placed on top coronavirus alert, PM's Office says

# 03:19
5 October 2020

The government will announce additional COVID-19 measures in Paris on Monday, the office said, adding that they will be in force for 15 days.

The Paris region has been put on top coronavirus alert amid a spike in the daily number of infections, the prime minister's office said on Sunday, APA reports.

The new restrictive measures will be announced at a press briefing by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and will come into force on Tuesday, the office said. The new measures would probably mean closing restaurants and bars 

Health Minister Olivier Veran warned earlier that Paris could be placed on maximum alert if the epidemiological situation doesn't change for the better. The restrictions would mean "no more family gatherings, no more evenings out, and total closure of bars", he said.

"This [negative] trend was confirmed during the weekend", Matignon said, according to Le Figaro.

The number of coronavirus infections has been rising steadily over the course of several weeks. Commenting on the COVID-19 situation in Paris, ARS Director Aurelien Rousseau tweeted that the number of new infections are "weighing heavily".