Paris has banned daytime jogging in an effort to strengthen lockdown rules and stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic as the death toll in France continues to rise. Deaths in the country have now topped 10,000, according to Agence France-Presse.
“Every excursion avoided aids the fight against the epidemic,” Mayor Anne Hidalgo and police Chief Didier Lallement said in a statement.
In northern France, the mayor of Marcq-en-Baroeul has made spitting in public, coughing or sneezing without covering one’s face a fine of 68 euros.
France has been on a national lockdown since March 17 and the rules are set to expire on April 15.
The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).
The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.
While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 9,600 deaths in the United States which surpasses and nearly triples the death toll of the September 11 terrorist in New York City — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.