COVID-19: France bans gatherings of over 100 people

France bans gatherings of more than 100 people over coronavirus

French Health and Solidarity Minister Veran, French Prime Minister Philippe and immunologist Delfraissy address the media in the courtyard of the French Interior Ministry in Paris. Credit: Reuters Photo

 France is limiting gatherings to a maximum of 100 people in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said Friday.

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"The idea is that we can slow the progression and the circulation of the virus," Philippe told TF1 television, adding the measure would come into force immediately and nationwide.

France previously limited gatherings to 1,000 people in a move that dealt a blow to theatres, opera houses and concert venues.

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