France is back on the COVID-19 red zone map after new spikes in infection rates.
People in Paris returned to almost regular life in the past months, but it seems like the battle is still not over.
French health authorities reported 7,379 new daily cases, which is similar to the numbers of March when the pandemic was raging mostly across Europe.
As a response to the high positivity rates, Paris authorities will provide their citizens with free COVID-19 tests.
The plan is to have five new testing labs, three of them permanent and two mobile that can drive around the capital, and offer free tests to all Parisians.
With a tripled number of new daily infections in only one week, the authorities need to act fast and detect the virus carriers as soon as possible.
The asymptomatic individuals are the target of this free testing as they don’t know they carry the virus, and they don’t self-isolate.
Tour de France organizers are having headaches managing the coronavirus protocols during the 23-day bike race.
The worrisome news is that it started on Saturday, in the red zone Alpes-Maritimes region, and it will finish in Paris, another spot with a massive increase in new infections.