French President Emmanuel Macron announces lockdown extension till May 11
Emmanuel Macron has announced a month-long extension to France’s nationwide lockdown until May 11.
His fourth live television address during the coronoavirus outbreak began at 20.00 CET..
Watch the address in the video player above.
The lockdown began on March 17 and was first renewed two weeks later.
Macron said that after Monday May 11, schools would gradually begin to reopen.
His address comes amid mounting concern over the supply of medical equipment, as well as the social consequences of the pandemic in France.
This is despite relatively encouraging casualty figures over the Easter weekend.
They show the virus has killed 14,393 people in France, including more than 9,000 in hospital. This last figure indicates a rise of 310 over 24 hours.
For the fourth day running, the number of patients in intensive care has also come down slightly.
France has some of the toughest lockdown restrictions in Europe. People can only leave their homes to travel to and from work unless this can’t be done from home, to buy essential supplies of food and medicine, help others in need, or get some brief exercise.