France tightens lockdown measures to contain spread of coronavirus

French president Emmanuel Macron gestures as he speaks during a coronavirus conference call at the Elysee Palace

He said that as of Tuesday, citizens could only train once a day within a kilometer of their home and that funeral ceremonies were limited to 20 people.

"I am getting ready for the Olympics, yet I am not outside running", he tweeted last week.

Salomon reported 240 new deaths from coronavirus on Tuesday for a total of 1,100, an increase of 28% that made France the fifth nation to cross the 1,000-fatalities threshold after - China, Italy, Iran and Spain. Some 100,000 police officers are deployed to enforce the movement restriction. However, some medical professionals have called for stricter measures. The judges ruled against, arguing it may have serious repercussions on the health of the population and would also prove unsustainable.

Government officials were alarmed by images of shoppers crowding open-air markets in Paris and elsewhere.

"The government must impose a national 8pm curfew".

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President Emmanuel Macron told religious authorities on Monday he was against the idea of imposing a total lockdown in France to combat the coronavirus outbreak, a source close to one of the participants said.

Several are already in place, including in the Riviera town of Nice and hard-hit eastern city of Mulhouse.

"To deal with this wave of the epidemic... we must strictly, very strictly, respect these restriction measures", said Philippe.

French hospitals are testing the anti-malarial and three other drugs, as part of a European programme involving 3,200 Covid-19 patients from at least seven coutries, including 800 from France. Cases of the new coronavirus have also been reported from more than 150 countries and territories, including Russian Federation, which by now has 438 cases, with 17 patients having recovered.

About 56% of respondents said the government could not manage the crisis response, while 87% were concerned about further spread.

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