France reports 19 new coronavirus cases, warns against handshakes

France reports 19 new coronavirus cases, warns against handshakes
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  • calendar-gray 29 February 2020

 France on Friday reported 19 new confirmed coronavirus cases, taking the total to 57, and French Health Minister Olivier Veran recommended that people refrain from shaking hands in order to prevent infection, APA reports quoting Reuters. 

He also said that several schools in the Oise area north of Paris would remain closed after holidays end on Sunday in order to halt the spread of the virus. 

Separately, Defence Minister Florence Parly said on her Twitter feed that several confirmed coronavirus infections had been reported on the military base of Creil, north of Paris.

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