France once again imposes nation-wide lockdown to curb COVID spread!
Galatta | Oct 29, 2020, 08:50 pm
When the outbreak of the COVID-19 Novel Corona Virus turned into a Pandemic, all the nations across the globe decided to lockdown their borders as well as impose curfews on the citizens, to control the spread of the deadly virus. However, the Virus had begun spreading rampantly, mostly due to people travelling across countries and then unknowingly spreading it among the local population. Lack of knowledge about the methods in which the Virus spreads, was another factor in it spreading unchecked! By the time the knowledge of the Virus was spread among people, it had already become too late. Then, intensive testing and contact tracing were carried out to identify hotspots and atleast minimally check the spread of the corona virus. After the virus began slowing down and with the possibilities of identifying a vaccine nearing the finishing stages, most countries began lifting the lockdowns and curfews.
However, one of the main reasons for lifting the lockdowns and asking people to go about their normal lives but by following all mandated safety precautions like social distancing and using masks, was because the economies of the countries were taking a hit and people were losing their livelihoods. Now, it looks like lifting the lockdown has not worked for a few nations. Just recently, Italy became the first nation to re-impose the nation-wide lockdown after a second wave of the Corona Virus began spreading, causing the number of new infections to spike massively. Then, Spain followed suit and announced a nation-wide emergency. Now, we hear that France too has brought back a nation-wide lockdown. This new lockdown will be in effect till December 1st, 2020, according to the French government. The French President Emmanuel Macron took to address the people in a televised statement. He said that all non-essential businesses like bars and restaurants will be locked down.
However, unlike the previous lockdown, not everything would be closed, this time around in France. Farms and factories would be allowed to function and students will also continue going to school. Macron said, "The Virus is spreading across France at a speed that even the most pessimistic did not predict. As elsewhere in Europe, we are overwhelmed by a second wave that will probably be more difficult and deadly than the first. If we did nothing... within a few months we would have atleast 400,000 additional deaths." He added that already more than 3,000 people are scrambling for beds in Intensive Care and if no measures are taken then by November there might be about 9,000 more such people! The French government is also considering the economy and have announced that it should not stop or collapse and that working from home would be the norm for companies that can accomodate it. Additional relief has also been promised for businesses and the government has assured that if the spread has been gotten under control over the next 2 weeks, then it would look at allowing atleast some businesses to reopen in time for the Christmas season. Stay tuned for updates...