France enters lockdown, President Macron urges for collective steps


"I chose to further reinforce the measures to reduce our movement and our contacts to strictly necessary ones".

No family or social gatherings are allowed, people have to walk to work if they can't work from home, and local elections were canceled, the French president said in a televised address.

During this time, Macron said people should only make necessary trips outside in a "disciplined fashion" while keeping their distance from others, per The Hill.

"I say to you with great solemnity this evening, listen to the healthcare workers who say: If you want to aid us, you must stay at home and avoid contact", Mr Macron said. But the circumstances demand it. We are at war and no one can forecast how long this current situation will go on for " Macron said.

"Because we are at war, the entire focus of the government and parliament must be on fighting this epidemic", he said. But the enemy is there, invisible, elusive, advancing.

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said anyone unable to justify their journey, even pedestrians, on a printed ministry document would be fined. He also indicated that rents and utility bills could be suspended for small and medium-sized companies in distress.

Macron was the first of the leaders of the EU Member States to confirm that the EU had taken a shared decision to suspend travel between non-European and European countries for a month at least.

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Refers to people within 6 feet or within the room or care area of a confirmed or probable patient for a prolonged period of time . In China - the epicentre of the epidemic - 3,070 have been died so far, while 80,651 have been infected in the country alone.

Germany, which reported 1,000 new infections in a 24-hour period, bringing the total to more than 7,000, with 17 deaths, announced Monday the closure of its borders with neighbors France, Austria, Luxembourg, Denmark and Switzerland.

"Essential staff such as doctors, nurses, care workers, researchers and experts that help address the coronavirus should continue to be allowed in the European Union", von der Leyen said.

"No French company, whatever its size, will be exposed to the risk of collapse", he said.

"We have made a decision 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.

The French president said the government would introduce a measure in parliament to guarantee 300 billion euros in loans to prop up businesses hurt by the pandemic.

"But for a few weeks, this is not what we should be doing", he said, according to CNN.