By Milly Vincent For Mailonline
Published: 19:20 GMT, 28 October 2020 | Updated: 19:27 GMT, 28 October 2020
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