When the epidemic began last month, French government had decided on a batch of measures to halt the virus spread. It ordered a country-wide shutdown of all the public institutions and museums, suspended sporting events and closed non-essential facilities.
Under a lockdown imposed on March 17, people have been forced to stay at home, except for trips for purposes of work, health needs or shopping of necessities.
“The confinement impact is notable in the territories where the virus spreads a lot…In France, we are starting to feel (its effects). We believe that confinement saves lives,” Veran said.
However, he warned that the epidemic “is not over” and “there is still a long way ahead.”
“We are not at the end of the epidemic ascent. We must continue mobilization by staying at home,” the minister stressed.