PARIS

The French government has announced it will establish shelters in every region of the country, with several to open in those with higher populations, to contain the spread of coronavirus.

The move comes as President Emmanuel Macron announced a 15-day countrywide lockdown earlier this week.

All people residing within France’s borders are instructed to stay home, leaving only for essential outings such as food purchases, medical appointments, or walking pets. Travel out of the country is also prohibited until further notice.

There will be 2,875 available spaces in 80 sites that have been chosen to date. Some 150 beds

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