Health workers racing to save lives as France contends with one of the world's worst coronavirus outbreaks have received a huge show of gratitude with the help of the Eiffel Tower. The Paris landmark also had a message for the broader French public: Stay home. Lights spelled out ‘Merci,’ French for ‘Thank you,’ and ‘Stay at home’ in English along with the tower's famous sparkling illuminations.
The display of solidarity that started at 8 pm coincided with the moment when citizens in lockdown across France have been cheering and applauding from their windows and balconies in support of doctors and nurses. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said the light show will take place every evening on the 324meter-tall tower.
Health workers are straining to treat an everincreasing number of patients, including nearly 3,800 in intensive care. For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.