Coronavirus live news: restrictions tighten across Europe. global falls near...

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French President Emmanuel Macron, is expected to make a significant announcement of additional national lockdown measures when he gives a television address to the country on Wednesday.

New Covid-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths in France continued to increase on Tuesday. It is expected that Macron could expose new restrictions.




The collective protest by Restonsouvert (Stay Open) in Paris on Tuesday called for bars, clubs, restaurants, sports halls, caterers, nightclubs, restaurants and hotels to stay open.

The collective protest by Restonsouvert (Stay Open) in Paris on Tuesday called for bars, clubs, restaurants, sports halls, caterers, nightclubs, restaurants and hotels to stay open. Photo: Isa Harsin / SIPA / REX / Shutterstock

The five largest cities in France – Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Toulouse and Lille – are among the nine metropolitan areas that are already on high alert. This means that bars and fitness studios are closed and restaurants operate under strict hygienic conditions.

The French health authorities reported 12,993 new COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours, compared with 8,505 on Monday, but fewer than on Saturday (26,896) and Sunday (16,101).

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