France Extends Coronavirus Lockdown Measures, Italy Likely to Follow
France has extended their lockdown to April 15.
France is extending its lockdown restrictions until mid-April and Italy is likely to follow suit as the coronavirus pandemic continues to paralyze Europe.
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced Friday that the country will extend its lockdown until at least April 15, according to Reuters.
“After these first 10 days of confinement, it is clear that we are just at the beginning of this epidemic wave. It has submerged eastern France and now it is arriving in the Paris region and northern France,” Philippe said.
There are at least 29,500 confirmed cases of the virus in France, according to Johns Hopkins University's real-time map.
Under the lockdown in both countries, residents are only allowed to leave their home for groceries or medical needs. Restaurants, theaters and their respective beloved museums and tourist attractions have been closed.
Italy was due to end its lockdown on April 3 but on Friday, the national health institute warned that the country had not yet reached the peak of its coronavirus epidemic which would likely extend the lockdown.
There are at least 80,500 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Italy and although there were “signs of a slowdown...we haven’t reached the peak and we haven’t passed it,” the chief of the Superior Health Institute, Silvio Brusaferro, said, according to Reuters. “When the descent begins, how steep it is will depend on our behavior.”
When Italy's prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, told the Italian newspaper Corriere della Serra, that the measures must be extended, according to The Local Italy.
So far, Italy has had the most coronavirus-related deaths of any country in the world, already more than 8,200, according to Johns Hopkins University. There were 919 deaths recorded on Friday alone, the highest daily total anywhere in the world.
Under current regulations in Italy, who are out and about are required to provide a form, stating the reason they are outside and acknowledging they are aware of the coronavirus risks.
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