France reports 30,621 new cases of COVID-19 in a single day.
The number of people in France who have died with COVID-19 rises by 88 to 33,125, compared to 104 on Wednesday.
Meanwhile the number of people in France who have died of Coronavirus rose by 88 to a total of 33,125, compared with 104 on Wednesday.
The country also has 1,750 patients in intensive care units – an increase of 77 in 24 hours.
Ile-de-France and eight metropolitan areas – including Grenoble, Lille, Lyon, Aix-Marseille, Saint Etienne and Toulouse – will face the curfews for four weeks, starting on Saturday.
During the curfew hours, people will not be allowed to go to restaurants or visit friends – but there will be no restrictions on public transport or on people travelling within regions.
There will be no exception to curfew rules the president has emphasised.Following the curfew announcement, France’s finance minister said the state-guaranteed loans already put in place to help the hospitality industry during the pandemic will be extended by six months to June 2021.
Meanwhile, the home and office of health minister Olivier Veran have been searched by police, as part of an investigation into the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Officers also searched the homes of ex-prime minister Edouard Philippe and former health minister Agnes Buzyn, as well as other top officials.
The investigation has been ordered by a special court in France.Patients, prison staff and police officers have filed 90 complaints in the last few months, largely over shortages of masks and other equipment and the speed in which large-scale testing was rolled out.Follow us in social media: