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Frenchman runs marathon on his 23ft BALCONY during coronavirus lockdown
Elisha Nochomovitz, 32, went viral after he was seen running back and forth on the balcony outside his property.
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The fitness enthusiast, who completed the run in six hours and 48 minutes, set the challenge for himself to "de-dramatise the confinement situation".
He said: "It was about launching a bit of a crazy challenge and bringing a bit of humour, to de-dramatise the confinement situation."
Elisha, from a southern French city of Toulouse, was worried his neighbours would complain about the constant pounding footsteps and was even overcome with nausea at one point.
He continued to run to show others how it was possible to stay fit as a more and more people are being forced to stay home.
Elisha also shared the images online as a nod to all the medical personnel who are doing an "exceptional job" and are "the real everyday heroes".
He continued: "If everyone thinks the same way and does the same thing, we'll all find ourselves outside and that won't help anything, and the message that we need to stay confined at home will have had no impact."
Elisha had already been training for a marathon and wanted to assure himself he "could still run 40 kilometres whatever the condition".
He said he lost track of how many laps he did, but his pedometer kept track for him.
He said: "I thought about many things, what's going to happen, when I see that the world has stopped, sports, economy, finance.
"We learned in history about wars between nations, men and weapons, but this is something that is beyond us."
Elisha said his girlfriend gave him M&Ms and drinks while he was running and that his neighbours "were very understanding".
France has been on lockdown for almost a week as more than 16,000 people have become infected and 676 have died.
French citizens are still allowed outdoors to exercise as long as they fill out and sign a form explaining why they are leaving their homes.
HOW ARE LOCKDOWNS BEING ENFORCED IN DIFFERENT COUNTRIES?
Countries around the world are now enforcing lockdowns and nationwide quarantines, but the punishments for flouting them vary from place-to-place
In Spain, residents face fines starting from £90 or even imprisonment if they disobey authorities.
A total of 350 arrests have been made and 31,000 fines handed out to people flouting the restrictions.
One couple caught having sex in a car told police they shared a flat with too many people to get intimate under lockdown, while another four people were fined after being caught taking it in turns to take the same dog for a walk.
The government has also said that any company that can help in the extra production of diagnosis material and protective equipment like masks, glasses, or gloves must contact them or face a fine.
Authorities in China, the first country in the world to report cases, earlier deployed a fleet of drones through which they could talk to people and encourage them to go home.
They also set up checkpoints on the streets and at the entrance of residence buildings where people had to get their temperature checked before passing.
In Italy, Europe's worst-hit country, authorities so far charged over 40,000 people with ignoring the lockdown.
The face fines of £190 and three-month prison terms.
In France, anyone caught outside without justification is being given a fine equivalent to £128, while repeat offenders face detention and ultimately imprisonment.
President Emmanuel Macron this week expressed concern that people were not understanding the severity of the crisis.
In Australia, fines as high as £25,000 could be handed out to people failing to isolate themselves appropriately.