Second coronavirus wave ‘to hit France in November’ as fears of UK spike grow

A second wave of the coronavirus pandemic could hit France in November, a government advisor told local media as the city of Marseille tightened restrictions to fight the outbreak.

Authorities in Marseille said late on Tuesday evening that bars and restaurants would now have shorter opening times, and they also broadened mandatory mask-wearing in the southern port city between August 26 and September 30.

"There are fears of a second wave in November," Professor Jean-François Delfraissy who heads the scientific council that advises the government on the pandemic, told France 2 television on Wednesday.

France has the seventh-highest Covid-19 death toll in the world, and the government is monitoring the figures closely to see if fresh restrictions or lockdown are needed.

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Under the new measures, Marseille's bars and restaurants will have to close from between 11pm and 6am local time, having previously been able to stay open until normal closing time at midnight or 1am.

Mandatory mask-wearing will now be compulsory outdoors in public spaces in all districts of the city, having previously only been compulsory in some areas.

The French health ministry reported 3,304 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, well below daily highs seen last week, although greater numbers of young adults are testing positive.

The number of deaths in France from Covid-19 stands at 30,544 deaths, including 16 in the past 24 hours.

The infection rate in the country has doubled since the end of July, although officials have said it's because more testing is being done now, with up to 700,000 people tested every week.

There are fears that the UK could see a deadly second wave of infections as the weather cools, with senior government sources warning a "pretty bumpy autumn and winter" is likely.

This could see Brits forced into another nationwide lockdown which would further damage the already struggling economy.

The UK recently added France, Austria, Croatia, Malta and the Netherlands to its list of travel destinations requiring two weeks of self-isolation upon return.

Boris Johnson has said "ruthlessness" will be necessary to prevent coronavirus from spiking again in the UK as it seems to be doing in Europe.

"We have got to be absolutely ruthless about this, even with our closest and dearest friends and partners," the Prime Minister said earlier this month.

"We can't be remotely complacent about our own situation."

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