France imposes lockdown in Paris region as COVID cases surge

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    Almost a third of France’s population is under tougher COVID-19 restrictions after a surge in cases.

    They will not be as tight as the previous lockdown, allowing people to exercise outdoors.

    COVID-19 cases are rising in France, with almost 40,000 new infections a day. Intensive care units in many Paris hospitals are full, so some patients are being transferred to other regions.

    French President Emmanuel Macron said the economy and peoples’ mental health must also be considered.

    For now, the new lockdown is set to last one month. However, many people suspect it could run much longer.

    Al Jazeera’s Natacha Butler reports from Paris, France.

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