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Macron orders France back into Covid-19 lockdown amid surge in cases

French President Emmanuel Macron announces the new lockdown measures in a televised address from the Elysée Palace.
French President Emmanuel Macron announces the new lockdown measures in a televised address from the Elysée Palace. © Christian Hartmann, REUTERS

French President Emmanuel Macron has announced a new nationwide lockdown from Friday to stem a surge in coronavirus patients in French hospitals, warning that the second wave of the virus is "likely to be deadlier than the first".

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