COVID-19 daily cases set new record in France, a day after government announced new restrictions

A day after the French government announced new restrictions on bars and restaurants in major cities that has led to a new outcry from local politicians and businessmen, France reported a new record for daily COVID-19 cases on September 24.

Over the last 24 hours, 16,096 people had tested positive for COVID-19, a record, showed the data from Public Health France.

In a move to try to contain the spread of the infection, the centrist government of President Emmanuel Macron, on September 23, announced a series of new measures, including closure of all bars and restaurants in Marseille and earlier closing times in Paris and rest of the state, for which he faced harsh criticism from the mayors of Paris and Marseille, legal challenges and calls from some bar owners to defy the new orders.

Referring to one of the strictest national lockdowns in Europe, he said, “What I don’t want is that we go back to March”.

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