Paris Streets Empty Amid Coronavirus Lockdown

Dash-cam footage shows the streets of Paris virtually empty, Thursday, March 19, as the entire country is on lockdown for at least 15 days to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

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Busy avenues like the Champs Elysées are not buzzing these days in the French capital. Since Monday at noon local time, French citizens have been ordered to remain home and self-quarantine to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Many are teleworking and taking care of their children, since the schools are closed, too.

The French government put the whole country in lockdown, but no curfew has been implemented. People must stay home as much as they can, but they can go outside to grocery shop, see a doctor, walk the dog, or if they cannot telework. Police can fine people up to $150 if they do not have a valid excuse to be outside.


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