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Paris Braces for Nationwide Lockdown Amid New Coronavirus Outbreak in France - Video

© REUTERS / BENOIT TESSIERA view shows the deserted Arc de Triomphe as lockdown is imposed to slow the spreading of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Paris, France, March 18, 2020.
A view shows the deserted Arc de Triomphe as lockdown is imposed to slow the spreading of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Paris, France, March 18, 2020. - Sputnik International
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French President Emmanuel Macron previously warned that the second wave of the pandemic would be more deadly than the spring outbreak, as the number of new cases peaked in the country last Sunday, with over 52,000 infected. In total, France has 1.2 million infected, which is the fifth-highest toll in the world.

Sputnik is live from Paris, as France re-imposes a quarantine due to a new coronavirus outbreak.

During the month-long lockdown, bars, restaurants, non-essential shops will be closed, while people will be barred from public gatherings and trips across the country until 1 December. A partial unemployment programme by the government will cover part of the wages for companies forced to suspend their activities.

At the same time, schools and other educational facilities will remain open with intensified health protocols.

In total, France has 1.2 million infected, which is the fifth-highest result in the world, while the country's death toll (36,000) is the seventh-highest.

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