France Bans Gatherings Over 1,000 People

France has banned gatherings of more than 1,000 people to try and slow the spread of COVID-19, the health minister said, while the number of French lawmakers infected with the virus rose to four.

Officials said they would issue a list of events considered “useful to national life” – such as demonstrations – that would be allowed to continue.

With more than 1,100 recorded cases and 19 deaths so far, France is the second worst affected European country after its neighbor Italy, which has imposed a sweeping lockdown on the most hard-hit northern regions.

Two more French MPs tested positive for the new coronavirus, the Parisian regional health authority said, without revealing their identity. This brings the number of infected lawmakers to four.

Germany also encouraged the cancellation of events with more than 1,000 participants, as countries worldwide scrambled to contain the disease that first emerged in China in December.


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