AGENCIES, Paris: The French government has decided to extend the nationwide lockdown by two weeks until April 15 to combat the spread of the coronavirus, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced.”After these first 10 days of confinement, it is clear that we are just at the beginning of this epidemic wave.
Earlier, accepting the grim situation created in his country by coronavirus pandemic, French President Emmanuel Macron had asked citizens to remain indoors and avoid unnecessary outings. At the time Macron seemed to be upset after reports came in that people flocked outside in defiance of warnings over the weekend.Under the lockdown, declared on March 17, people can only leave their homes to buy food and medicine, and all non-essential businesses have been closed. As of Saturday, 1,995 people have died in the country to the virus.
“With the agreement of the President Macron, I’m announcing the extension of the confinement period by two weeks, starting from next Tuesday until April 15,” Philippe added.Further strict restrictions on people’s movement have been enforced to help fight against the rampant infection cases.
People would be allowed to go out for a walk with their children or to exercise once a day for no more than one hour, and within one kilometer of their home.
Authorities have warned tougher sanctions against those who are found to breach the rules. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in France has risen by 13 per cent within a day to reach a total of 33,402 as of Saturday, the 12th day of national lockdown, Health General Director Jerome Salomon said.