French President Emmanuel Macron watches as he awaits the arrival of the Estonian Prime Minister before his meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris on October 28. Ludovic Marin / AFP / Getty Images

French President Emmanuel Macron will tonight “announce a new stage in our fight against the virus that was decided this morning,” said government spokesman Gabriel Attal on Wednesday after a cabinet meeting.

Local media, including the French newspaper Le Monde, reported that the president will announce a new lockdown by the president on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. local time (3:00 p.m. CET). The CNN subsidiary BFMTV reports that the new measures will take four weeks and come into force on Thursday evening.

This potential lockdown would be less stringent than the first “restriction” in the spring, with the possibility of some schools and more businesses remaining open.

The French Hospital Association, a group of 4,800 hospitals, said in a press release on Wednesday that a full lockdown was the “only solution” that would allow French hospitals to “successfully treat all French people, whether they have Covid or not whether they have any. ” other serious illnesses or are affected by a serious accident. ”

The President of the French Hospital Association, Frédéric Valletoux, stressed on the French radio station France Inter that the French “hospital system will not work without radical measures”. Valletoux reiterated the federations’ call for a full lockdown, saying hospitals were struggling with fewer medical staff than they did in the spring.

What the numbers look like: Around 100,000 new coronavirus cases could arise in France every day, warned Jean-François Delfraissy, who heads the scientific council advising the French government, on Monday. Speaking to French RTL radio, Delfraissy said: “There are probably over 50,000 cases a day. We estimate that we have more than 100,000 cases a day, twice as many because beyond the diagnosed cases, many are undiagnosed and asymptomatic Cases. “

Delfraissy added that France was in “a very difficult, even critical, situation”.