France is ready to close with all non-essential public places to close tonight while the death toll for coronavirus in the country rises to 91.
Restaurants, shops, cinemas, night clubs and coffee shops will close for the foreseeable future with French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe who calls the virus the “biggest health crisis in a century”.
Philippe also called on the French to cut back on their travels, particularly between cities.
In a solemn televised speech on Saturday evening, Philippe said that the indefinite closure would apply to “all places that receive the public but are not essential for the life of the country”.
Restaurants, some shops, cinemas and cafes will close for the near future with French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe (pictured) calling it the “biggest health crisis in a century”
Philippe also called on the French to cut back on their travels, particularly between cities. Pictured: a woman in a mask near the Eiffel Tower in Paris today
France reported a sharp rise in cases from 3,661 to 4,499 on Saturday. He also recorded 12 more deaths, bringing the toll to 91.
Public transportation will remain open, but Philippe has encouraged its citizens to limit its use.
Exceptions to France’s ban include supermarkets, pharmacies, banks and gas stations.
Philippe added that its citizens will have to make tough sacrifices in the coming months to help stop the spread of the killer virus – which could cost the economy billions.
However, he said Sunday’s local elections will continue.
Jerome Salomon, head of the French public health authority, said there was a rapid increase in severe cases, including 300 people in intensive care, half of whom were under 60 years old.
France reported a sharp rise in cases from 3,661 to 4,499 on Saturday. He recorded 12 more deaths, bringing the toll to 91
“I am aware of the efforts and sacrifices that we are asking for, but I believe that the French people will have the ability to overcome this serious moment,” said Philippe.
Philippe said the government had no choice but to make the decision because too many people were still on the street and were not applying the measures that had recently been announced.
This, he said, was helping to speed up the spread of the virus.
‘I have decided to close all nonessential locations. We must absolutely limit our movements, ‘he said.
Tourists wearing protective masks visit Disneyland Paris amid the coronavirus outbreak in Europe
As a result, President Emmanuel Macron appeared on national television on Thursday and said that the “national crisis” meant the closure of all schools, colleges and universities starting on Monday
The ban is also likely to include ski rental shops and other businesses linked to the country’s alpine resorts, many of which are likely to close even now.
As a result, President Emmanuel Macron appeared on national television on Thursday and said that the “national crisis” has meant that all schools, colleges and universities have closed since Monday.
“Despite our best efforts, the virus is accelerating,” said Macron. ‘It will affect the most vulnerable first and we are making great efforts to greatly increase capacity in our hospitals.
Today empty restaurants in a square in Nancy in north-eastern France
‘We must prepare for the second wave, which will affect young people. We need to prepare our emergency personnel. We have to buy time, but the priority is to protect the most vulnerable.
‘For our collective interest, kindergartens, schools, colleges, high schools and universities will be closed from Monday until further notice.
“Closed for one simple reason: our children and our youngest, according to scientists, are the ones who seem to spread the virus the fastest.”
Religious buildings would remain open but gatherings and ceremonies should be postponed.