As of Tuesday, May 4, France has recorded 306 new coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-related fatalities in a 24-hour period, bringing the total number of deaths nationwide to 25,201. France is now the fifth country to reach this threshold after the United States, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom. As of May 4, the Health Ministry has confirmed 131,863 cases in the country including 51,371 recoveries.
As of Monday, May 11, face masks will be compulsory in select public spaces and journeys of more than 100 km (62 mi) from an individual's home will be prohibited except for professional or exceptional personal reasons. Public transportation will resume at a reduced capacity with strict social distancing rules in place. Businesses will be permitted to open with the exception of bars and cafés, while kindergartens and elementary schools will also gradually reopen. Private and public gatherings will be limited to 10 individuals, though all events and entertainment facilities including cinemas, theaters, and professional leagues will remain suspended until further notice.
The state of emergency will remain in place until Friday, July 24, while a nationwide lockdown is due to expire on Monday, May 11. Under the lockdown measures, individuals are prohibited from leaving their homes except for essential needs, such as shopping for food or seeking medical assistance. Authorities also introduced an International Circulation Declaration on Monday, April 6. The completion of the declaration is required prior to entry by all travelers transiting through French territories and applies to all forms of transportation. Travel between metropolitan France and overseas territories is also affected by the measure. For more information, please see this website.
Further international spread of COVID-19 is to be expected over the near term.
The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.
Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.
Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.
Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.
To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:
- Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
- When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
- If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.
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