The News Scroll 16 March 2020  Last Updated at 10:42 pm | Source: PTI

Work on Notre-Dame in Paris halted by coronavirus

Work on Notre-Dame in Paris halted by coronavirus
Paris, Mar 16 (AFP) French authorities halted restoration work on the fire-ravaged Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris on Monday as the country braces for additional measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Workers at the historic landmark in the centre of the French capital had been dismantling the molten metal scaffolding around the church''s spire, which collapsed in the catastrophic blaze last April.

Officials told AFP that decontamination measures set in place to deal with danger from the huge quantities of lead that melted in the fire were incompatible with rules set down to deal with the coronavirus.

France has closed down all schools, theatres, cinemas and a range of shops, with only those selling food and other essential items allowed to remain open.

Paris officials on Monday also announced the closure of all public parks and gardens in a bid to prevent people from gathering despite calls for strict "social distancing" by the authorities.

The capital''s public transport operator RATP said metro and suburban rail service will be sharply reduced starting Tuesday, after the government urged companies to allow employees to work from home.

"We''re seeing on average a 50 percent drop in the number of passengers today across the network" compared with a typical week, the RATP said.

France reported Sunday that the number of coronavirus deaths had jumped to 127 from more than 5,400 cases of infection, with several hundred people hospitalised with serious cases. (AFP) ZH ZH

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