France coronavirus death toll jumps 240 to 1100

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Salomon also emphasised that the death toll of 1,100 includes only those recorded to have died of the coronavirus in hospitals and not those who pass away in old people's homes.

As France's healthcare system comes underneath acute pressure, the Philippe refused to rule out localized curfews.

The French government, however, has no plans to implement a curfew to enforce the country's strict lockdown measures aimed at fighting the coronavirus outbreak. "We really feel the lockdown measures that we have now taken, and which we'll toughen but once more... may final a number of weeks".

Mr Philippe said on Monday: "We do not want to put a national curfew in place". Some already exist, including in Nice on the Mediterranean coast. However we advised prefects to get in contact with mayors who deem (a curfew) mandatory.

Health Minister Olivier Veran told a briefing he could not determine at this stage when the lockdown would end.

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

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

"It (the lockdown) will last as long as it needs to", he added.

France and China agree on the need for emergency talks by leaders of the G20 major economies on coordinating an global response to the coronavirus crisis, the French presidency said Monday.

Salomon added that 2,516 people were in a serious condition requiring life support, up by 21% from Monday, and that 8,000 hospital beds were now equipped with ventilators.

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