Paris half-marathon cancelled after Coronavirus outbreak in country

Health minister Olivier Veran announced the move to cancel the Paris Marathon on Saturday as the French government also decided to ban all indoor public gatherings of more than 5,000 people

The Associated Press February 29, 2020 21:51:11 IST
Paris half-marathon cancelled after Coronavirus outbreak in country
  • The Paris half-marathon has been canceled because of the spread of a coronavirus epidemic in the country

  • Health minister Olivier Veran announced the move on Saturday as the French government also decided to ban all indoor public gatherings of more than 5,000 people

  • As of Saturday, France had registered a total of 73 cases, up from 57 on Friday

Paris: The Paris half-marathon has been canceled because of the spread of a coronavirus epidemic in the country.

Paris halfmarathon cancelled after Coronavirus outbreak in country

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Health minister Olivier Veran announced the move on Saturday as the French government also decided to ban all indoor public gatherings of more than 5,000 people.

The race involving some 44,000 competitors was scheduled for Sunday in the French capital city. Organizers said the race will be postponed to a date yet to be determined.

As of Saturday, France had registered a total of 73 cases, up from 57 on Friday. Of those, 59 people remain hospitalized, two have died and 12 have recovered, the minister said.

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