France will close all churches, kindergartens, schools, high schools, colleges, and universities for an indefinite period starting Monday in order to stem the coronavirus outbreak.

The announcement came during a televised address by President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday night where he sent a strong message of support to the nation.

France has so far reported 61 deaths from coronavirus, with 2,860 confirmed cases, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Macron thanked the health workers calling them “heroes in white coats”.

“Health is priceless. The government will take all necessary means, whatever the cost,” he said.

The president asked

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