The rate of coronavirus is rising in and around Paris, according to France’s regional health authority.
France is trying to control the second wave of Covid-19, with cases rising at the national level.
The Ile-de-France region, which includes the French capital, has 156.8 cases per 100,000 people. In Paris alone, it rises to 254 cases per 100,000.
France has set up three tests to declare a “maximum warning zone” in one area.
The city of Paris has already reached the threshold for the first test, which is if the incidence rate reaches 250 cases per 100,000 people.
Another criterion is whether 30% of ICU capacity is occupied by Covid-19 patients. The health official said 344 beds have been seized by coronavirus patients in the region so far. This is about 30.7% of the total ICU bed.
The third criterion is the rate of the virus in the elderly. The regional health authority says the number is now at 94.5 per 100,000 inhabitants, while there are 100 trigger levels per 100,000.
While the Paris area remains a dangerous area, the Marseille area of France is already on maximum alert – meaning bars and rest restaurants have had to close.
French Prime Minister Jean Castex is meeting with representatives of bars and restaurants on Tuesday to protest stricter restrictions on their establishment.
“We monitor the indicators; if the situation in a region worsens, we have a responsibility to work with local elected officials to control the epidemic and save the population,” the prime minister’s office told CNN.
“For the moment, the threshold in Paris cannot be crossed, but we pay close attention to the evolution of the indices.”
“So far no area has been placed in the highest possible category of ‘State Emergency’.”
France has reported Held at 581,821 Covid-19 case overall.