France reported a surge in daily cases, as the officials urge people to stay safe by avoiding social gatherings and wear masks in public at all times.
This prompt France to raise the Covid-19 alert level in Paris and other top cities, as part of ways to stem a continuing rise in the daily number of infections.
France Health Minister Olivier Veran will announce new measures later on Wednesday as he holds his weekly press conference to chart the outbreak’s progression.
In the larger Paris Ile-de-France area, the incidence rate of infection has risen to 204 per 100,000 inhabitants, higher than in other hard-hit cities such as Lyon and Marseille, which have already tightened measures to curb virus transmission.
While the capital had a positive Covid-19 test rate of 9.9 percent last week, compared to a national rate of 6.1 percent Tuesday.
Since Lyon became the latest city to limit attendance at major outdoor events including festivals to 1,000 people, new rules for Lyon, France’s third largest city, followed similar measures in Marseille, Bordeaux and Nice as the Covid-19 resurges across the country.