France bans public events with more than 5,000 people

French health minister Olivier Veran announced on Saturday that the country is banning any public event with more than 5,000 people that is held in a “confined space” due to the coronavirus, Reuters reported.

Veran said there are now 73 people in France who have been confirmed to have the virus, according to Reuter’s report. Last week, a 60-year-old French citizen became the first person in the country to die from the coronavirus.

The event ban is just the latest step France has taken in its effort to contain the virus, after the French government suggested people stop shaking hands.

As of Friday, there were over 83,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, and almost 2,900 deaths from it. Around 95% of coronavirus cases have come in China, though the virus has made its way to 55 other countries, including the US, where there have been 60 confirmed cases.

The coronavirus causes the COVID-19 disease, whose symptoms often include a cough, fever, or shortness of breath. As of February 11, a little over 80% of coronavirus cases in China have been considered mild, according to a study from the Chinese Center for Disease Control.

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