World Macron explains further corona measures in TV speech
France turns to speedy trains to catch up in virus response
The high-speed train whooshing past historic World War I battle sites and through the chateau-speckled Loire Valley carried a delicate cargo: 20 critically ill COVID-19 patients and the breathing machines helping keep them alive. The TGV-turned-mobile-intensive-care-unit is just one piece of France's nationwide mobilization of trains, helicopters, jets and even a warship, deployed to relieve congested hospitals and shuffle hundreds of patients and medical personnel in and out of coronavirus hotspots.
French President Emmanuel Macron delivers another speech to the nation on Easter Monday (8:00 p.m.). In his fourth television speech on the Corona crisis, the head of state wants to explain the further measures in the fight against the spread of the lung disease Covid-19. This includes a further extension of the curfew, possibly beyond May 10, which has been in effect in France for around four weeks, as the Elysée Palace announced.
Shortly before Easter, Paris and other cities and regions had tightened the measures so that as many people as possible stayed at home. With Italy and Spain, France is one of the EU countries most affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The number of deaths there had recently risen to at least 14,393.
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