France Remains Locked Until May 11 to Deal With the Coronavirus Crisis
France remains locked until May 11 to deal with the corona crisis. President Emmanuel Macron said this to the people on Monday evening in a TV speech.
It started just after 8 pm to allow the French to applaud the health care personnel.
Macron announced additional measures to support companies and employees severely affected by the lockdown. A specific aid plan is also being prepared for sectors such as tourism, hotels, catering and culture.
Macron admitted that France was insufficiently prepared for the consequences of the lung virus outbreak. Even today, hospitals and care institutions are heavily taxed, especially in the Paris region and in the northeast of the country.
Strict restrictions to curb the dreaded infection came into effect on March 17 and have been extended once since.
The French can only leave their home if this is necessary. Walking, walking the dog or exercising is allowed only one hour a day and within a radius of 1 kilometre around the house.
Macron thanked his many compatriots who adhere neatly to the rules, especially those who are small and have an even harder time. But the sacrifices people make are successful.
“The epidemic is starting to slow down. We are achieving results. Every day we are moving forward, thanks to your efforts,” said Macron.