Mediterranean Nice wants to curb tourist inflow to tackle coronavirus spike
PARIS– The mayor of the French city of Nice contacted Sunday for a weekend lockdown in the location to stop the circulation of visitors, stating travelers are welcome in regular times, however the city requires to concentrate on fighting a sharp spike in coronavirus infections.
The Nice location has the greatest COVID-19 infection rate in France, with 740 brand-new cases each week per 100,000 citizens, according toCovidtracker fr, triple the nationwide average.
Health Minister Olivier Veran stated on Saturday the federal government will choose this weekend on tightening up infection control steps in the Mediterranean city.
“We need strong measures that go beyond the nationwide 6 p.m. curfew, either tighter curfew, or a partial and time-specific lockdown. A weekend lockdown would make sense …that would stop the inflow of visitors,” Mayor Christian Estrosi stated on franceinfo radio.
“The weather is nice, everybody rushes to come here. A weekend lockdown would put a stop to that, without halting economic activity in the city,” he stated.
Estrosi stated infection rates had actually jumped due to the enormous inflow of travelers over the Christmas vacation. International flights to the city had actually leapt from 20 a day prior to Christmas to 120 over the vacation– all this without individuals having infection tests in their native land or on arrival.
“We will be happy to receive lots of tourists this summer, once we win this battle, but it is better to have a period while we say ‘do not come here, this is not the moment’. Protecting the people of Nice is my priority,” he stated.
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