In view of high numbers of infections with the coronavirus, France has issued entry bans for people from outside the EU.
French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced Friday evening after a meeting of a sanitary defense council in Paris that entry from and exit to countries outside the community of nations would be banned starting Sunday. Exceptions, he said, should be made only for good cause.
Castex described the situation developing in France because of the coronavirus pandemic as worrisome and announced further restrictions to combat it.
Stores should close entirely in France above 20,000 square meters in size – except for grocery stores. In addition, mobile working should be increased, he said. There is still a chance to prevent a lockdown, Castex stressed.
The coronavirus crisis has hit France hard. France has the most people infected with the virus in Europe after Russia and the United Kingdom. More than three million infections have been recorded, and about 75,600 people have died after being infected.
Emmanuel Macron’s government has been accused of not acting clearly and transparently with the media and the public, and of not having an appropriate policy in this regard.
by Xavier Cuesta – European Correspondent – EuroNews