France will go into a new nationwide lockdown on Friday for at least a month as the spread of the coronavirus has exceeded even the most pessimistic forecasts, President Emmanuel Macron has announced.

“I’ve decided that we need to return to the lockdown which halted the virus,” Macron said in an address to the nation, while urging unity in the face of the challenge.

The measures will again restrict people to their homes, except for buying essential goods, seeking medical treatment or one-hour of daily exercise. Anyone going outside will have to carry a special document justifying their movements, which police could check.

The lockdown is initially planned to last until December 1, according to the president.Workers whose jobs can’t be done remotely will still be allowed to go to work, if their employer deems it necessary. (RT)