France: Coronavirus Repression: Man Imprisoned for One Year for Selling Masks in the Streets of Paris | World | New


This is the first conviction in the capital after several people have been charged when police have discovered illicit stocks of masks in recent weeks, a legal source told French media. Police found some 20,000 highly protective FFP1 and FFP2 masks during a raid on the man’s home in Paris’s 19th arrondissement after an investigation was launched last weekend. The source did not say how much the man was charging for the masks, which have become a precious commodity as the country struggles to curb the spread of the virus.

France is fighting to speed up the production of masks for health workers, and Health Minister Olivier Véran said Wednesday that the government has ordered 1.5 billion masks, mainly from Chinese producers.

But fierce demand from countries around the world, also overwhelmed by the epidemic, means that France is unlikely to begin receiving most of these orders for several weeks.

Véran said health workers use 40 million masks a week alone and the country currently has three weeks of supplies. Domestic production is expected to reach 10 million per week over the next month, three times more than before the crisis.

As the French health crisis intensifies, a court in the city of Mulhouse, in the east of the country, on Wednesday sentenced a 20-year-old man to two months in prison after being arrested three times in a day without the document Self-certified that all citizens must show the police if they leave the house for critical matters.

This can include shopping for food, going to the doctor, walking the dog, jogging fast, and going to work for those in critical areas.

On Tuesday in Paris, a court sentenced a 22-year-old man to 105 hours of community service, also for breaching the lockout.

The complete foreclosure of France is expected to continue beyond the current April 15 deadline, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Thursday, extending a strict sequestration order in an attempt to end the epidemic that began on March 17.

“I can understand the impatience, but the confinement is not for tomorrow morning,” Philippe said on TF1 television.

The number of deaths from coronaviruses in France rose to nearly 5,400 people on Thursday after the Ministry of Health began to include deaths in retirement homes in its data.

The flu-like infection claimed 4,503 lives in hospital on Thursday, up 12% from 4,032 the previous day, health chief Jerome Salomon said.

A provisional count showed that the new coronavirus had killed an additional 884 people in nursing homes and other care facilities, he added.

This represents a total of 5,387 coronavirus deaths in France, an increase of 1,355 compared to the cumulative total on Wednesday.

Since the deadly virus first appeared in China at the end of last year, it has spread around the world at a dazzling rate, forcing governments to shut down businesses, grounded airlines and order hundreds of millions of people to stay at home in an attempt to slow the spread.

Global coronavirus cases surpassed one million on Thursday with more than 52,000 deaths, according to a Reuters tally of official data.


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