French City of Marseille Tightens Curfew as New COVID-19 Variant Discovered

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French City of Marseille Tightens Curfew as New COVID-19 Variant Discovered.

France has imposed a stricter evening curfew in Marseille after health authorities said the new variant of COVID-19 initially found in the UK had now been discovered in the city.

Marseille joins other French cities such as Strasbourg and Dijon in having its curfew moved forward to 6 p.m. from 8 p.m., and running through to 6 a.m. the following morning. The stricter Marseille measures will come into force on Sunday evening, January 10.


Authorities said that one of the main reasons for the decision in Marseille was the discovery of the new variant of COVID-19. Local police said 21 people had tested positive for the new variant, with these new cases having been found within a family cluster.

The variant, which has been analysed as having a much greater transmission rate, has been cited by the British government as the main reason for a flare-up in COVID-19 cases in the UK over the past month.

President Emmanuel Macron is battling to ensure France is not engulfed by a renewed sharp increase in COVID-19 cases, as has recently been the case in the UK and Germany, and is working on speeding up the country’s vaccine rollout.


For now, curfew hours in the capital, Paris, have not changed, running from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., though the government has said it will not rule out stricter measures if the COVID situation worsens in France. France has the seventh-highest COVID-19 death toll in the world.


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