Luxury goods giant LVMH Moët Hennessy (MC.PA) announced that it has prepared its perfume and cosmetics production sites to manufacture hand sanitiser to help tackle the coronavirus pandemic from Monday 16 March.
The French multinational corporation, which is famous for its Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, and Christian Dior brands, said late on Sunday that the hydroalcoholic gel will be delivered for free to French authorities and the largest hospital system in Europe — the Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris.
“Through this initiative, LVMH intends to help address the risk of a lack of product in France and enable a greater number of people to continue to take the right action to protect themselves from the spread of the virus,” the company said in a statement.
“LVMH will continue to honour this commitment for as long as necessary, in connection with the French health authorities.”
The coronavirus has now infected more than 156,000 people across the world and killed at least 5,833. On 15 March, France’s Public Health Authority (PHA) reported the biggest daily increase in coronavirus deaths. The total deaths in France is now 127, up 36 from the last report. The PHA also said that there has been an increase of more than 1,000 cases, taking the number of cases to 5,423.
French citizens are now braced for stricter measures to combat the coronavirus with Journal du Dimanche newspaper (link in French) reporting that two French regions, including Paris, are set to go on full lockdown this week. The report also said that the army could be drafted in to help restrict movements of citizens.
While France’s grocery stores, pharmacies, and other essential stores remain open, the country has closed its restaurants, cafes and non-essential shops.