France closes schools and universities due to coronavirus
The coronavirus epidemic is just beginning, warns Emmanuel macron.
On the evening of Thursday, March 12, French President Emmanuel macron announced in a televised address to the nation that all schools, kindergartens and universities would be closed. All educational institutions in the country will stop working from March 16 “until a new order”, according to the newspaper Le Monde.
Macron also asked all people over the age of 70 and those with chronic diseases to stay at home. All French people should limit their movements, and employers should ensure that they can work remotely, according to the French leader.
“We are just at the beginning of an epidemic that is growing and gaining momentum and so — everywhere in Europe,” macron said. — This epidemic, which has touched all continents and hit all European countries, is the most serious health crisis that France has known in the last century.”
“The government is mobilizing all our financial resources to take care of all those who are ill, to save lives, no matter how much it costs,” macron said. He noted that the response to the pandemic will also be given at the European level.
The French leader announced the extension of the so-called “winter truce” for two months until may 31, during which you can not deprive those who did not pay for it.
France is now the third country in Europe in terms of the number of cases of coronavirus infection. According to the latest data, there are about 2,900 cases registered in the country. More only in Spain-about 3,000 and in Italy-more than 10,000.
According to Le Monde, in France, the virus is spreading at the same rate as in Italy, only with a delay of ten days.