French President Emmanuel Macron said today, Wednesday, that the general lockdown measures applied since March 19 to combat Covid-19 in 19 provinces would be extended to cover the entire country, starting next Saturday and for four weeks.
These measures include closing non-essential shops and prohibiting the movement of individuals for more than ten kilometers from the perimeter of their residence, in addition to a ban on activity between French cities and regions.
Macron also announced the closure of nurseries and schools for three weeks, including the Easter holiday’s two weeks.
University students will be allowed to continue attending one day a week, provided that all students return to schools, supplementary and high school starting from May 3.
The French president said, “The proposed solution to education is the best way to break the spread of the virus and preserve education, and thus the future of our children.”
The French President admitted that he had “made mistakes” in managing the health crisis, in light of criticism directed at him over a decision he made at the end of January, which he described as a political decision, and required not to impose the closure again.
Macron stated, “At every stage of the epidemic, we say that we could have done better and that we made mistakes. This is all true.” Then he added, “But I am sure of one thing: we have survived, we learned, and we got better every time.”