France tightens lockdown as death toll increases

France tightens lockdown as death toll increases

France to tighten coronavirus lockdown

The lockdown, already in place for a week nationwide, orders all in France to stay inside except for essential trips outside such as shopping. However we advised prefects to get in contact with mayors who deem (a curfew) mandatory. French President Emmanuel Macron spoke by telephone with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Monday, after Saudi Arabia, which now presides over the G20, last week called for a "virtual" summit. "We believe that the blocking measures that we have taken and that we will tighten again could take several weeks".

According to official figures, 335 people have died of the coronavirus in eastern France, accounting for over one third of the national death toll of 860.

The experts insisted the lockdown was the "sole efficient strategy" at the moment and had to be "strictly implemented".

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France has enacted some of the strictest lockdown measures in Europe, barring people from leaving their homes for fifteen days.

Mr Véran also said France would strive to follow World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendations to increase coronavirus testing.

"It (the lockdown) will last as long as it needs to", he added.

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The news comes after French health authorities confirmed an additional 231 deaths from the coronavirus, bringing the state's total to 1,331.

In another hugely unusual move, France will on Wednesday use a specially set-up TGV high speed train to evacuate 30 coronavirus patients from the east to other parts of France, Health Minister Olivier Veran announced.

Salomon added that 2,516 people were in a serious condition requiring life support, up by 21% from Monday, and that 8,000 hospital beds were now equipped with ventilators.

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