France locks down as global virus panic spreads

Officials have insisted that voting will take place under the tightest sanitary conditions

France Imposes 15-Day Lockdown Over Coronavirus, Macron Announces

As of Monday morning France had 127 deaths from the virus and 5,423 confirmed cases.

Macron told French residents not to leave their homes or meet with other people unless absolutely necessary.

Reuters has also reported on people gathering outside of coffee shops, even though they had moved to takeaway-only in a bid to stop people from forming groups or getting too close.

People unable to work from home or those seeking medical care will be allowed to go outside, Macron said, but others will be required to stay inside their homes.

French President Emmanuel Macron announced Monday a full lockdown of France for 15 days after a recent spike in coronavirus cases.

At multiple times Macron stated that the country was at war and referred to a health crisis.

"We have chose to reserve the masks as a priority for hospitals and for medical personnel in cities and in the countryside, especially for general practitioners and nurses, who are now at the front line of dealing with the crisis", he said in a tweet.

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The Arc de Triomphe is deserted after French President Emmanuel Macron has declared a ban on all gathering of more than 100 people and the closure of all schools, restaurants, bars, cafes and clubs in response to the spread of the coronavirus. All travel between European countries will be suspended. European Union officials fear that countries acting alone and without coordination might make things more hard for neighbors whose health-care systems are already creaking.

The projected travel constraints will be placed into the bloc's 27 leaders in a summit to be held through video-conference Tuesday.

Exemptions could be given to long-term residents in the EU, border area workers, family members of European nationals and diplomats.

Under the new measures, soldiers would help transport the sick to hospitals with spare capacity and a military hospital with 30 intensive-care beds would be set up in the eastern region of Alsace, where one of the largest infection clusters has broken out. She told Germans to cancel their travel plans.

"We will certainly need to continue talking (about this) in a European format", she said. The move will not apply to diplomats, foreigners permanently staying in Russian Federation, plane and ship crews and truck drivers.

UK ramps up responseUK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged people to avoid pubs, cinemas and restaurants to contain the virus.

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