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DEVELOPING: France Closes Eiffel Tower to Combat Spread of Coronavirus

posted by Hannity Staff - 3.13.20

French authorities closed Paris’ famed Eiffel Tower Friday to stop the spread of Coronavirus throughout France’s capital and surrounding regions.

“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.

The French government has also banned gatherings of 100 people or more throughout the country.

Officials have confirmed there are currently 3,600 cases of Coronavirus in France; resulting in 79 deaths.

Read the full report here.

Source: The Hill

BREAKING: NYC 'Postpones' St. Patrick’s Day Parade for First Time Since 1762 Over Coronavirus Fears

posted by Hannity Staff - 3.12.20

New York City officials postponed the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Wednesday over fears of an additional Coronavirus outbreak in the nation’s largest metropolis.

“New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade was canceled for the first time in more than 250 years over coronavirus fears after dozens of New Yorkers contracted the new disease, according to reports,” reports the NY Daily News.

“The parade along Fifth Avenue has been held every year since 1762, drawing some 2 million spectators and revelers. Another 150,000 march in the parade,” adds the newspaper.

The World Health Organization officially declared COVID-19 -better known as Coronavirus- a global “pandemic” Wednesday; confirming the disease is responsible for 4,291 deaths in 114 countries around the world.

“We have therefore made the assessment that #COVID19 can be characterized as a pandemic,” said a release from the organization.

“During a media briefing Wednesday, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the WHO, said there are now more than 118,000 cases of COVID-19 in 114 countries, with 4,291 deaths,” reports Fox News.

“All countries can still change the course of this pandemic,” Tedros said. “If countries detect, test, treat, isolate, trace and mobilize their people in the response.”

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

BREAKING: NCAA Cancels March Madness Basketball Tournament Over Coronavirus Fears

posted by Hannity Staff - 3.12.20

The NCAA canceled their annual ‘March Madness’ basketball tournament Thursday over growing fears surrounding the global Coronavirus outbreak; joining the NBA, NHL, and others to help stop the spread of the disease.

“This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities,” the organization said in a statement.

 

“The NCAA had previously said the upcoming men’s and women’s March Madness basketball tournaments, which were scheduled to begin in days, would be played without fans. The conference tournament cancellations and global sports suspensions appear to have tipped the scales,” reports CNBC.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Source: CNBC

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