France extends and toughens Covid-19 lockdown measures as death toll rises

France tightens lockdown as death toll increases

France tightens lockdown as death toll increases

The court was petitioned by doctors' unions and the French medical council for a total lockdown restricting all public movements.

France's Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has introduced stricter rules to abide by the advice of the country's Conseil d'Etat court.

Several are already in place, including in the Riviera town of Nice and hard-hit eastern city of Mulhouse.

"We don't need to put a nationwide curfew in place". But we have told the prefects to contact mayors who consider curfew necessary.

France became the fifth country to report more than 1,000 deaths from coronavirus on Tuesday and a government body dealing with the outbreak suggested the national lockdown imposed last week for an initial 15 days should last at least six weeks.

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

France has toughened restrictions on citizens in its second week of lockdown after the death toll rose to 860 yesterday.

He also said the chloroquine malaria drug would not be marketed for mass use against coronavirus until further testing was done.

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

In a phone call with Boris Johnson on Friday, Macron reportedly informed the British prime minister that should the United Kingdom continue with its lax policy on coronavirus, France would be forced to shut off travel from the UK. Over one-third of the country's ventilator-equipped beds are occupied at this point, health agency director Jerome Salomon said.

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