Paris bars to close for two weeks as city moves to maximum Covid alert

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French PM says the capital has passed all three benchmarks for highest alert, as Irish experts reportedly call for return to full lockdown

Paris is to be placed on maximum Covid-19 alert, meaning bars will be forced to close for two weeks from Tuesday and restaurants will have to put in place new sanitary protocols to stay open, the prime minister has ordered.

Jean Castex’s office said there had been no improvement in the Paris region since the French capital passed all three of the government’s criteria for being put on the highest level of alert mid last week.

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