6 a.m. Wednesday, France local time, Linh opened her phone to learn the country had recorded 7,700 Covid-19 cases. She sighed when seeing Île-de-France, a region in north-central France where she stays, had 1,000 infections. But Linh, who came to France in 2018 to study medicine at the University of Paris-Sud, did not feel surprised since the number of cases had been rising rapidly. To cope with the pandemic spread, France had deployed 100,000 police and gendarmes across the country Tuesday to ensure total lockdown in a bid to contain the spread of the new coronavirus. Yet before the national lockdown, many locals failed to take the threat seriously, Linh said. “Even when authorities had applied different measures to limit infection, I and many other overseas Vietnamese students were worried because the French did not stop gathering in public.” “People hung out even more in the absence of work and school,” Linh said, explain her French friends had still been asking her to join them. People gather at Montmartre Hill in Paris right before France declared its national lockdown on March 17, 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Dieu Linh. For her Vietnamese friends, however, the story was much different. Many had immediately… Read full this story
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