From this Friday, the city of Dunkirk and the surrounding area will enter a weekend lockdown similar to that in Nice, France’s Health Minister Olivier Veran has announced while warning of an uptick in Covid-19 cases nationwide.

“The epidemic situation is deteriorating in our country,” Veran said during a televised news briefing on Wednesday from Dunkirk, where the infection rate has shot up in the last few days.

“We erased in one week the two consecutive weeks of decline that we had recorded so far,” the minister added, referring to France’s recent progress in halting the spread of the virus.

Dunkirk’s new weekend health measures include a ban on consuming alcohol in public and stricter social distancing limits of 15 square meters per customer for essential retail outlets that remain open. (RT)