French Military To Join Virus Fight In France As Toll Grows
Paris, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 26th Mar, 2020 ) :The French military will support public services strained by the coronavirus epidemic, President Emmanuel Macron has said, as the country's death toll topped 1,300.
France like other nations has already imposed a nationwide ban on non-essential movement and closed schools and restaurants in a bid to stop the spread of the pandemic.
The military operation, named "Resilience", will focus on "aiding and supporting the population, as well as helping public services face the epidemic in mainland France and overseas", Macron said on Wednesday.
"Unity and courage will allow us to overcome this, we are only at the beginning, but we will hold out," Macron added, declaring that France was "at war".
"The whole nation has been mobilised" in the fight against the disease, said a masked Macron, who also promised more investment for hospitals.
Operators said the goal was to keep just enough trains running for health workers and others who need to get to work during the coronavirus crisis.
Police are carrying out checks at stations to prevent unnecessary travel, not least by people hoping to escape confinement in large cities.
Also Wednesday, Paris airports operator ADP said it would temporarily shut Orly airport, the main domestic hub, to commercial flights because of the "significant and sudden" drop-off in passenger traffic because of coronavirus travel restrictions.
The group had already shut several terminals at both airports as airlines slashed flights.
The government will announce over the coming days for how long the country's lockdown measures would continue, spokeswoman Sibeth Ndiaye said.