French president Emmanuel Macron has ordered a 15-day nationwide lockdown as part of measures to clamp down on the novel Coronavirus in his country.
No one is allowed to leave their homes, not even for a walk and all public gatherings have been cancelled.
“Walking, meeting friends in the park or in the street will no longer be possible. It is a question of limiting as much as possible all contact beyond the home. All over French territory, in mainland France as well as overseas, only necessary journeys must remain necessary,” he said.
No one will be allowed to leave the country. However, French citizens will be allowed to return home.
Government will also provide grants to those facing bankruptcy, while tax demands will be frozen.
The French president declared war on the virus saying, “We are at war and the Nation will support its children who, there, medical staff in town, at the hospital, are on the front line in a fight that will ask them for determination, solidarity.”
France, since the outbreak of the disease has since the outbreak of the disease recorded 5400 cases with 127 deaths and 400 in intensive care.