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French Health Minister Olivier Veran gives a news briefing after a defence council with President Emmanuel Macron, at the Elysee palace, in Paris, Sunday, March 8, 2020. Image Credit: AP

Paris: France on Sunday banned all gatherings of more than 1,000 people in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Health Minister Olivier Veran said, as the French death toll reached 19.

“All gatherings of more than 1,000 people are from now on banned,” he said adding that officials would issue a list of events considered “useful to national life” that would be allowed to continue such as demonstrations.

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