Coronavirus lockdown in France send Parisians flocking to the River Seine – ABC News
As sunshine radiates across Paris, locals have flocked to the River Seine despite another nationwide COVID-19 lockdown in France.
Since Sunday, only businesses deemed essential by the government have been allowed to remain open.
Restaurants, clothing stores and cinemas have all been forced to close.
A 7:00pm curfew has been imposed across the country for the past two weeks.
People are allowed to go out in a 10-kilometre radius from their homes without needing a permission slip.
Beyond that limit, people are only allowed to move for imperious reasons, including professional travel, medical care or buying basic necessities among others.
France has reported one of the world’s highest virus death tolls, at 96,280 people, and the highest number of virus infections in Europe.
Daily new infections in France have doubled since February, to average nearly 40,000.
The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care has topped 5,000, exceeding the peak hit during a six-week lockdown late last year.
The third lockdown will force the temporary closure of 150,000 businesses at a cost of 11 billion euros ($17 billion) per month, the finance ministry said.
‘I feel comfortable’
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Many Parisians said taking in the warm weather on the banks of the Seine was a necessity in the midst of the pandemic.
“I’m here to get some air, to enjoy the sun, because we’re not hamsters, we’re not rats, we can’t just stay hiding in our holes,” 29-year-old Parisian Ersin said.
Police said more than 6,600 officers had been mobilised around the Paris region during the three-day Easter weekend to ensure people were respecting social distancing measures.
Sipping an iced beverage on the riverbanks, student Fahim Hamidi said he was not worried about catching COVID-19 as crowds walked around.
“When I came here, I see all are happy, all are eating lunch with friends and having coffee and other stuff, so I feel comfortable,” he said.
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