#Coronavirus has hit Paris - is it still safe to travel?

PARIS has been hit with the deadly coronavirus, prompting officials to ban public gatherings and shut down popular landmarks. Is it still safe to visit the city?

PUBLISHED: 16:23, Sun, Mar 1, 2020 | UPDATED: 18:57, Sun, Mar 1, 2020

Coronavirus is rapidly spreading worldwide, with France now reporting rising figures. One of the worst affected regions in the country is the city of Paris, where officials have decided to ban public gatherings and temporarily shut down popular tourist attractions including the Louvre.

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Emergency measures have been put in place after a cabinet meeting in Paris saw officials decide to ban all indoor gatherings of more than 5,000 people, as well as cancelling the Paris half-marathon.

All public gatherings have been banned in northern Paris, reportedly the region which has been hit the worst.

At the time of writing, there are 104 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across France. Two sufferers have died as a result.

The FCO does not currently advise against travelling to the country, nor does it highlight Paris as a particular area of concern.

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However, it does list some advice for Britons who are planning to visit the country.

A statement from the FCO reads: “There is an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus.

“The virus originated in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, but cases have been confirmed in other parts of China and in some other countries, including France where there is an ongoing coronavirus outbreak in Haute Savoie and Oise.

“The French authorities have indicated they may cancel some large events or gatherings of more than 5000 people.”

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