France coronavirus death toll surges past 1000

France tightens lockdown as death toll increases

France to tighten coronavirus lockdown

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

The scientific council set up by Mr Macron to help deal with the outbreak, for its part, suggested the lockdown in place since March 17 should last at least six weeks.

France's Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has introduced stricter rules to abide by the advice of the country's Conseil d'Etat court. Nice and a number of other cities have already imposed curfews.

Philippe said there will be no enforced nationwide curfew but the measure would be applied when deemed important. "And we is not going to hesitate, the place mandatory, to take more durable measures, that means curfew measures", the prime minister mentioned.

He added that open-air markets should close.The coronavirus has killed another 186 people in France, bringing the death toll in the country to 860.

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France has tightened its lockdown measures in a bid to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.

Mr Véran also said France would strive to follow World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendations to increase coronavirus testing.

The lockdown was initially created to last around 15 days.

Recalling that at a critical moment in the fight against the coronavirus disease, he and Macron have had three phone calls since January, Xi said that has demonstrated the high level of both the mutual trust between the two presidents and the China-France relationship. 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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