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 MacronAmerica's post-COVID-19 foreign policy Trump says in-person G-7 would 'primarily' take place at White House The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump taking malaria drug; mayor eyes DC reopening MORE on Thursday called it the “biggest health crisis that France has known in a century.”

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