Paris is now at maximum Covid alert level following a spike in cases in the French capital, the country's health minister has said.

French Health Minister Olivier Veran said on Thursday that the Paris region has passed three thresholds for maximum alert in new coronavirus infection rates.

Mr Veran also told a news conference that new measures aimed at curbing the spread of the illness could be imposed as soon as Monday if the situation does not improve over the weekend, Reuters News reports.

It would mean all bars and restaurants would be ordered to close – with the health minister set to make his decision on Sunday

French Health Minister Olivier Veran told a news conference on Thursday that new measures aimed at curbing the spread of the illness will be imposed as soon as Monday

But Mr Veran added that France has no plan to enforce coronavirus lockdown measures with major fines or prison sentences like in some other countries.

On September 12 the country reported more than 10,000 infections of coronavirus in a single day for the first time, highlighting a resurgence of the disease in France.

The country continues to battle against the virus and along with the UK, reported its highest rise in daily coronavirus case numbers last week.

Parisians enjoying the September heatwave at an open air dance event at Place de la Republique despite the recent rising in Covid-19 infections

French health authorities reported 16,096 new Covid-19 cases in 24 hours on Friday, September 25.

A total of 31,511 people have died from coronavirus in France, and 497,237 cases have been reported.

But speaking at a news conference on Thursday, Mr Veran added that there is no short-term risk of hospitals being overwhelmed by an influx of coronavirus patients.

"In major cities, the virus is evolving far too quickly," Veran also told a news conference.

However, the situation in Bordeaux, Nice and Marseille is said to be beginning to improve.