French President Emmanuel Macron announced a second lockdown until December 1 to contain the spread of a new wave of the coronavirus that has overwhelmed the hospitals in a few days. “The virus is spreading across France at a speed that even the most pessimistic did not predict,” Macron said while addressing the nation.

Two weeks ago, a curfew in Paris and other cities failed to contain a second wave of the deadly virus. The death count in France has reached 35,000.

“As elsewhere in Europe, we are overwhelmed by a second wave that will probably be more difficult and deadly than the first,” the French President said.

“If we did nothing… within a few months we would have at least 400,000 additional deaths,” he added.

Over 3,000 patients of coronavirus are in intensive care units. Macron was not hesitant to warn that “no matter what we do, nearly 9,000 people will be in intensive care by mid-November.”

On Wednesday, National health agency Sante Publique France reported 244 fatalities in 24 hours due to the coronavirus pandemic. As many as 36,000 people tested positive for the deadly virus on the same day.

“The economy must not stop, nor collapse. If in two weeks, we have the situation under better control, we will be able to re-evaluate things and hopefully open some businesses, in particular for the Christmas holiday,” Macron said.