A university hospital in the southwestern French city of Bordeaux set up tents for triage of patients showing symptoms of the coronavirus, Tuesday, March 17.
READ MORE: The COVID-19 virus has infected more than 6,633 people and claimed 148 lives in France.
The European Union’s external borders will be closed to non-essential travel for 30 days as of Tuesday to fight the spread of the coronavirus, while France is following Italy and Spain in imposing a nationwide lockdown for at least 15 days.
In an address to the nation Monday night, President Emmanuel Macron said France was at war against COVID-19. He announced new measures both within France and across the EU to contain its spread.
Macron said as of midday Tuesday, the EU and Europe’s visa-free Schengen zone borders would be shut for 30 days for all but essential travel. Earlier in the day, European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said she had made the recommendation to the 27-member bloc. (VOA/AFP)