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France in lockdown as all bars, restaurants and shops shut

by LLB Reporter
15th Mar 20 10:54 am

France is now in lockdown as all bars, restaurants, shops and cafes are now closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Supermarkets and pharmacies remain open.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe ordered the lockdown of all “non-essential” public places for the foreseeable future.

He said this is France’s “biggest health crisis in a century,” adding, “We must absolutely limit our movements.”

Philippe said, “I am conscious of the efforts and sacrifices that we are asking, but I have faith that the French people will have the capacity to overcome this serious moment.”

France has more than 5,700 confirmed cases of coronavirus with 136 deaths across the country.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said Europe is now the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak.

WHO director general, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus hit out at Boris Johnson on Friday after he announced only the most seriously ill will be tested, whilst others who notice symptoms encouraged to self-isolate for 14 days.

Dr Ghebreyesus said, “You can’t fight a virus if you don’t know where it is.”

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