Paris closes riverside walkways, Nice shuts iconic promenade to curb coronavirus spread
The mayors of Paris and the southern French city of Nice on Friday said they would be closing parks, promenades and walkways in their cities to limit the spread of the coronavirus outbreak as the number of confirmed cases in France passed the 10,000 mark, France24 reports.
The French capital was shutting down popular promenades along the Seine river, the lawns of Les Invalides and the Champ de Mars park around the Eiffel Tower because of coronavirus infection worries, the prefecture said on Friday.
The closure took effect at 1500 CET (1300 GMT) Friday and will last through the weekend, with all gatherings or passage through these areas forbidden, the prefecture said. It said that too many people were disregarding countrywide lockdown measures and frequenting these areas despite stringent lockdown rules introduced across France at the start of this week.
French health authorities on Friday reported 78 new deaths from coronavirus, taking the total to 450 or an increase of 21 percent, the toll rising less sharply than the previous two days.
The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in France had risen to 12,612, up from 10,995 on Thursday, which is a rise of 15 percent in 24 hours, said health agency director Jerome Salomon at press conference Friday. Of these, 1,297 people were in a serious condition, needing life support, up 16 percent compared to Thursday.