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Schools in France close as third national lockdown begins


Schools in France close as third national lockdown begins

French schools have closed for at least three weeks under a third national lockdown to fight rising Covid-19 cases.

French President Emmanuel Macron announced last week that schools would switch to remote learning from the beginning of this week.

Other lockdown measures, introduced in some parts of France earlier this month, including Paris, have also been extended to other areas.

From last Saturday, all non-essential shops closed and there is now a ban on travelling more than 10km (6 miles) from home without good reason.

Last Wednesday, the country's health ministry reported 59,038 new cases. France has so far reported more than 4.6 million cases of coronavirus and 95,495 Covid-related deaths.

In a live televised address, Mr Macron described the situation in France as "delicate". He added that April would be a “crucial” month in the battle against Covid-19. "We will lose control if we do not move now," he said.

Mr Macron outlined that the race to vaccinate would continue alongside attempting to control the spread of the virus.

He said that while schools would be closing from this week, classes would remain open for the children of key workers.

Image: French President Emmanuel Macron, courtesy of Foundations World Economic Forum, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.