- Title: "Like a Martian on earth": confined Parisians feel disoriented
- Date: 24th March 2020
- Summary: PARIS, FRANCE (MARCH 24, 2020) (REUTERS) POLICE STOPPING CARS POLICE CHECKING DOCUMENT OF PASSENGER POLICE WITH FACE COVERED POLICE WEARING MASK VARIOUS OF POLICE DOING CHECKS VARIOUS OF EIFFEL TOWER (SOUNDBITE) (French) RETIRED PARISIAN, MARC, 65 ,SAYING: "It's a bit like a Martian just arriving on Earth, I feel a bit disoriented, not at all worried but disoriented, bothered. Now, we have to accept the precautionary measures, we accept it and we wait patiently, even though patience has its limits." EIFFEL TOWER WOMAN WALKING DOG (SOUNDBITE) (French) RETIRED PARISIAN, MARC, 65 ,SAYING: "It's a bit depressing, to be at home, and not be able to...just to be waiting. We're here just to wait? We need to express ourselves, to be doing things. At the moment, it's not easy, yes it's quite depressing, to see Paris all quiet, there is nothing, it's scary at the same time, that's for sure." COUPLE WALKING (SOUNDBITE) (English) PARIS RESIDENT, PHOTOGRAPHER, GENGIZ OZELSEL, SAYING: "I don't expect things to get much better, I do feel like the French have woken up and become a bit more disciplined here in Paris. Initially it just felt like a big joke, and people were almost kind of mocking it, but now I feel like folks are realizing how grave the situation is." VARIOUS OF OZELSEL WALKING WITH DOG POLICE DOING CHECKS WITH MOTORCYCLIST VEHICLES ON ROAD AT EDGE OF PARIS VARIOUS OF POLICE DOING CHECKS
- Keywords: COVID-19 confinement coronavirus lockdown
- Reuters ID: LVA001C6EX1L3
- Location: PARIS, FRANCE
- City: PARIS, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Duration: 00:02:42
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Story Text: Parisians are feeling the effects of more than a week of confinement on Tuesday (March 24), eight days after they were instructed to stay home as part of measures to contain the coronavirus.
The confinement orders came days after restaurants, bars and other non-essential businesses were told to close until further notice.
Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has said that from Tuesday people would only be able to exercise once a day, within 1 kilometer of their home, and that burial ceremonies would be restricted to 20 people. Open-air markets should close, he added.
He did not rule out implementing curfews, and left it for local authorities to decide.
France now has nearly 20,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and the death toll stands at around 860. Two in every five of the country's 5,000 intensive car beds are already occupied by coronavirus patients.
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