France has identified new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of registered cases to 73.
Of those identified cases, 59 people remain in hospital, 12 people have recovered, and two have died, health minister Olivier Véran said Saturday during a press conference in Paris.
Véran identified two main transmission clusters in Oise and Haute-Savoie, adding that the government is now focused on “limiting the diffusion” of the virus.
Events and gatherings cancelled: According to the health ministry, all public gatherings of more than 5,000 people within confined spaces are to be cancelled; including the Paris Half Marathon, scheduled for Sunday, and the Annecy Carnival due to take place next week.
Despite these guidelines, the health minister asserted that “all essential activities must continue” and there are currently no plans to place restrictions on public transport networks or on the municipal elections, which are due to take place in mid-March.