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The French government has tightened the rules on the coronavirus confinement but is resisting calls from doctors to impose a total lockdown to ease the strain on hospitals and health staff, reports my colleague Kim Willsher in France.
Prime Minister Édouard Philippe gave a national address to give details of the new rules and hefty fines for ignoring them. Open food markets, popular and economically vital in rural areas are banned except where the local authorities deem them necessary and ensure people follow the social distancing rules.
Those wanting to do some sport can go out for a walk, jog or run with their children but must go no more than 1km from their home, be out no more than one hour and do so only once a day. They must have their “justification” paper – signed, dated and with the time they have left home – to show if stopped by the police or gendarmes. Leaving home to see the doctor is now banned except for emergency medical appointments, and only close family – not friends or colleagues – can attend funerals.
Dozens of young Irish doctors and nurses have quit their jobs in Australia to return home to fight the pandemic but cannot get flights, leaving them in limbo, reports my colleague Rory Carroll in Dublin.
Several airlines have suspended flights from Australia to Ireland and other routes are closed because of bans on transit through Singapore, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Some business class flights remain available but are very expensive, prompting the medics to ask the Irish government to arrange a flight and if necessary charter a plane.