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Eiffel Tower shutting down due to coronavirus

Eiffel Tower shutting down due to coronavirus
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The Eiffel Tower is closing starting Friday as the coronavirus spreads across France.

"In the context of the COVID-19 outbreak and due to the government health measures announced today, the Eiffel Tower will be closed today from 9pm, for an indefinite period of time," reads a statement on the landmark's official website.

Customers holding pre-purchased tour tickets will be refunded.

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The announcement comes after the French government announced a ban on gatherings of more than 100 people and called for schools to close nationwide.

France is reporting more than 3,600 cases of coronavirus and 79 related deaths, as the disease continues to spread globally.

President Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel MacronMacron urges US, EU to share vaccine doses Biden to champion alliances, democracy as he meets with foreign partners Overnight Defense: NATO expanding troops in Iraq MORE on Thursday called it the “biggest health crisis that France has known in a century.”

Macron spoke with President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Georgia secretary of state withholds support for 'reactionary' GOP voting bills MORE on Friday and he said they agreed to organize an "extraordinary" videoconference on Monday with the leaders of the Group of Seven industrialized countries to address a response to the coronavirus.

"We will coordinate research efforts on a vaccine and treatments, and work on an economic and financial response," he tweeted.