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France Places Paris on Maximum COVID-19 Alert

PARIS — French authorities placed the Paris region on maximum virus alert on Monday, saying the new restrictions would apply at least for the next two weeks.

Starting on Tuesday, bars will be closed in Paris and its suburbs. Student parties and all other festive and family events in establishments open to the public will be banned.

Restaurants will remain open under strict conditions, to be detailed later on Monday. They are expected to include distance between each table, a limitation of the number of people and a request to register customers’ names and phone numbers.

The director of the Regional Health Authority, Aurelien Rousseau, said about 3,500 new cases of infection are confirmed on average each day in the Paris region, and 36% of ICU beds in the area are occupied by COVID-19 patients.

Marseille and nearby Aix-en-Provence, as well as the French overseas territory of Guadeloupe, in the Caribbean have had alerts raised to the maximum level for the past 12 days. French health authorities reported 16,972 new cases of infection on Saturday, the highest daily number since the country began widespread testing.

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