Week in Review: Parisians adapt to a life on lockdown and the race to find a coronavirus vaccine
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As the coronavirus stole headlines across the world, we take a look at the race to find a vaccine that could put an end to the global pandemic and strolled through empty streets as a coronavirus quarantine was announced and Paris ground to a halt. On a lighter note, the French are bursting into applause on their balconies every night at 8pm to pay tribute to the country's overstretched health workers.
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Europe’s cherished Schengen network of open internal borders is on the brink of collapse as more and more countries shut their doors in a frantic effort to stave off the coronavirus pandemic, even as experts warn such tactics will delay its spread – but not halt it.
In the hours before French President Emmanuel Macron announced another round of restrictions in an effort to curb the coronavirus and less than two days after all “non-essential” commerce was ordered shut, life in Paris was palpably winding down.
French climatologist Jean Jouzel says the swift global reaction to the coronavirus crisis may bode well for the climate as well: It shows that in a real emergency, nations have the means – and the will – to act. "It is just as urgent to tackle the climate problem," he says.
Many normally bustling areas appeared deserted on Sunday after French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe ordered the closure of restaurants, cafés and all other "non-essential" commerce beginning at midnight on Saturday. Groceries, pharmacies, tobacconists and petrol stations will remain open.
The streets have been nearly empty in cities across France after the country went into lockdown at noon on Tuesday to combat the spread of coronavirus, with police out in force to ensure the new rules are being respected. For residents, the new measures mean adapting to a new way of life.
With France in coronavirus lockdown, Paris has become almost deserted, with only a few joggers, pedestrians and vehicles remaining on the streets, a far cry from the crowds and traffic that normally fill the French capital.
On Tuesday evening, people across France gathered at their balconies and windows to clap for the country’s health workers battling the coronavirus pandemic as the country went into lockdown.
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