1 Kilometer From Home, 1 Hour Max, says French Prime Minister

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French prime minister Edouard Philippe announced new restrictions Monday night to fight against the spread of the coronavirus.

All movement outside the home is now limited to one kilometer (instead of two) for a maximum of one hour. And residents must carry a signed and datedcopy of a new attestation.

"Walking with your children or doing sports must be within a radius of one kilometer from your home, for one hour, and obviously alone, and once a day," said the prime minister on TF1 French TV.

He also stated that the €38 fine for failure to respect the “very strict rules of confinement” will now be €135, and up to €1,500 for repeat offenders.

While the government awaits opinion from the scientific council on Tuesday, Philippe hinted that confinement could last a few more weeks. 

However, on Sunday, French minister for education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, told Le Parisien that children could be forced to stay home until May 4.

Meanwhile, French health minister Olivier Véran said over the weekend that the country will begin massive widespread coronavirus testing after the confinement period is over to prevent a second wave. Currently, the limited tests that are available are mostly reserved for only health workers and vulnerable patients.

Another 186 people have died from coronavirus in France over the past 24 hours, with an additional 1,435 patients in intensive care. There are 8,675 hospitalized patients in the country.

There are now 184,138 official cases of coronavirus in Europe, and a total of 10,058 deaths with the majority in Italy (6,077), the country most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, ahead of Spain (2,182) and France (860).