French President Emmanuel Macron has announced extension of coronavirus lockdown until May 11, stating that progress had been made but the battle not yet won.
“The epidemic is starting to slow down. The results are there,” Macron said in a televised address to the nation. “Thanks to your efforts, every day we have made progress.”
“But our country was not sufficiently ready for this crisis. We will all draw all the consequences,” Macron said.
Macron said that schools would progressively re-open from May 11, but restaurants, hotels, cafes and cinemas will have to remain shut longer. Universities are unlikely to resume any classes or testing until the summer, he added.