France to deploy 100,000 police to enforce lockdown

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    A view of the deserted court yard outside the closed Pyramid, the main entrance to the Louvre museum which was once a royal residence, located in central in Paris on March 2, 2020. - The Louvre in Paris, the world's most visited museum, was closed for a second day running on March 2, 2020, after staff refused for a second day running to work due to coronavirus fears, a union said. The Paris museum insisted that closure was not necessary in response to fears over the virus, which has spread to over 60 countries after first emerging in China late last year. (Photo by Ludovic Marin / AFP) (Photo by LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP via Getty Images)

    France will deploy 100,000 police to enforce a lockdown, and fixed checkpoints will be set up across the country.

    “Stay at home,” Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said, adding that fines of up to 135 euros ($151) would be handed out to those who do not respect the new restrictions, which are centred on avoiding all but essential social contact.

    Coronavirus has killed 148 people and infected more than 6,600 in France, where, along with Spain, infections and fatalities have been surging at a pace just days behind that of Italy, the epicentre of the outbreak in Europe.

    source : AlJazeera

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