France bans large indoor events to battle virus

  • 01:23 01 March 2020

France bans large indoor events to battle virus

France has banned all indoor gatherings of more than 5,000 people, as part of efforts to contain the country's coronavirus outbreak, APA reports citing BBC.

Measures announced after an emergency cabinet meeting also include the cancellation of the Paris half-marathon which was to be held on Sunday.

In the worst-hit area, north of Paris, all public gatherings have been banned.

The total number of cases of the new coronavirus in France rose to 73 on Saturday. Two patients have died.

Globally, about 83,650 cases have been confirmed in more that 50 countries. The death toll is over 2,800.

The vast majority of infections and deaths are in China, where the virus originated late last year.

Faig Mahmudov