France in the Corona grip

Infection numbers in France reach new records; there is a threat of high unemployment. What is different in the neighboring country?

Corona tests in Paris: health care workers take nasal swabs.

Dhe infections caused by the coronavirus reached a new record high in France over the weekend. More than 10,500 cases were counted within 24 hours on Saturday. France has significantly increased the number of tests since spring to one million a week, but the rate of positive results has also risen from 1.3 to 5.4 percent since the beginning of July. The virus circulates heavily among younger people, which means that hospital capacities are significantly less stressed than in spring; however, deliveries and deaths are also rising again. France, along with Spain, is currently the country in Europe where the pandemic is spreading the most. This is a source of health and economic concern: France is the second largest economy in the European Union, with a gross domestic product twice that of Spain.

Business travelers and holidaymakers are increasingly affected by mobility restrictions. Last week, the Federal Foreign Office extended its travel warnings from the greater Paris area and the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region to the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Occitanie, Nouvelle-Aquitaine and Corsica regions. In addition to the French capital, these areas are also home to other cities such as Marseille, Lyon, Bordeaux, Nice and Cannes.