PARIS, March 14 (Reuters) – France will shut most outlets, eating places and leisure amenities from midnight on Saturday as a part of measures to comprise the unfold of the brand new coronavirus, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe stated.
He was talking at a information convention after the general public well being authority stated 91 folks had died in France and virtually 4,500 had been now contaminated.
Philippe stated the federal government had been left with no alternative however to take the choice as a result of too many individuals had been nonetheless out within the streets and never sufficiently making use of measures that had been not too long ago introduced. That, he stated, was serving to speed up the unfold of the virus.
“I’ve determined to shut all non-indispensable places,” he stated, including that exceptions to the store ban would come with meals shops, pharmacies and petrol stations.
“We should completely restrict our actions.”
Nevertheless, he stated native elections on Sunday would go forward.
Jerome Salomon, the pinnacle of the French public well being authority, stated there had been a speedy improve in critical circumstances, together with 300 folks in intensive care, half of whom had been under 60 years of age.
“I’m aware of the efforts and sacrifices that we’re asking, however I’ve religion that the French folks can have the capability to beat this critical second,” Philippe stated. (Reporting by John Irish; Modifying by Catherine Evans, William Maclean)
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