Manila, Oct. 29 -- France will enter a second coronavirus lockdown from Friday midnight, the country's president announced on Wednesday.

The national lockdown will remain in place at least until Dec. 1, Emmanuel Macron said in a televised address to the nation.

The announcement came as France reported 36,437 more Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, raising the overall count to over 1,235,132.

The death toll grew by 244 to reach 35,785, while hospitalizations stand at 15,177, with 2,145 patients under intensive care.

In a 20-minute speech, Macron outlined the restrictions being imposed on various industries and sectors.

Academic institutes, from nursery to university level, will remain open, albeit with stricter health protocols.

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