Health Minister Olivier Veran says that 19,856 people had been registered as testing positive for the virus in France, with a total of 8,675 hospitalized of whom 2,082 people are in intensive care.
France has again tightened the rules governing the country’s lockdown by raising the fines for people who go out without a legal reason, limiting outdoor exercise even further, and closing all open-air markets.
“The return to normal life is not happening anytime soon,” Edouard Philippe, the prime minister, said in an interview on LCI news channel. “This life of confinement will last a few more weeks.”
The new fines will start at €135 and can rise up to €1,500 for repeat offenders. People are only allowed to play sport, walk or jog if they do so alone, no more than once a day, and within 1km of home. Local mayors can allow some open-air markets to stay open only if they are crucial to the food supply of a town.