France will close all schools and universities on Monday in preparation for a surge in coronavirus infections. But in Nice, people seem to have greeted the news with a collective shrug. There are 2,800 coronavirus cases in France. And residents are being careful. When I instinctively reached out to shake a friend's hand, he politely stepped back and waved me off. No one wants to get infected.
There are more than 1,000 coronavirus cases in France and 16 deaths. And in Marseille, it's starting to take a toll. The InterContinental hotel, an 18th-century property overlooking the port, is more than half-empty. Coca Cola just canceled a major meeting in the hotel. It feels like I have the entire sixth floor to myself.
Barcelona is a beehive. Tourists are crowding into the city's famed Gothic Quarter. You can't find an empty seat at an outdoor cafe, where visitors are enjoying the spring-like weather.
It seems a world away from the chaos of the coronavirus outbreak. But it isn't. Spain has 480 confirmed cases in Spain and 10 deaths, two in this area.
This is episode one of "Adventures in Coronavirusland." Be sure to tune in for the next episode tomorrow (or whenever they let me near a computer again).