Hospital masks will be rationed for health care workers in France, Macron says

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    Rescue workers take care of a man who called the rescue team for a respiratory distress, Monday March 16, 2020 in Strasbourg, eastern France. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

    From CNN’s Barbara Wojazer in Paris and Lauren Kent in London

    The French government will pay for hotels, taxis and child care for health care staff during the coronavirus crisis, French President Emmanuel Macron said in a series of tweets Monday after addressing the nation.

    “We owe the care of their children to our healthcare teams: a minimum service has been put in place, from today, in kindergartens and schools,” Macron said. “We also owe them serenity in their travel and rest: this is why, from tomorrow onwards, taxis and hotels can be mobilized for their benefit. The state will pay.”

    Macron also said hospital masks will be rationed for health care workers.

    “We have decided to reserve the masks as a priority for hospitals and for medical personnel in cities and in the countryside, especially for general practitioners and nurses, who are now at the front line of dealing with the crisis,” he said in a tweet.

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