France announces second national lockdown

France announces second national lockdown: Macron says coronavirus second wave will be worse than first and doing nothing will kill 400,000 people - but schools will stay open French President Macron has announced a new nationwide lockdown today He said: 'France could never standby and see hundreds of thousands die' Projections show 9,000 patients will be in ICU by mid November, max capacity 

By Milly Vincent For Mailonline

Published: 19:20 GMT, 28 October 2020 | Updated: 19:27 GMT, 28 October 2020

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French President Macron has announced a new nationwide lockdown today, adding that 'France could never standby and see hundreds of thousands of its citizens die.'

The national measure will take effect from midnight on Friday and is considered to be 'more flexible' than the lockdown first imposed on France in March.   

Macron told the country: 'We've already reached 58 per cent capacity in IC units. In numerous places we have seen live saving operations delayed', adding that '9,000 patients will be in ICU by mid November - our maximum capacity in France'.

The new measures echo the eight-week lockdown that

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