France calls on nationals to avoid traveling to Italy amid coronavirus outbreak

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Minister of State for Transport Jean-Baptiste Djebbari on Tuesday called on French citizens who plan to travel to Italy, where the COVID-19 has spread, to delay their trips.

“Those who actually planned to go to the most affected areas (in Italy) and who can postpone their trips are obviously invited to do so,” Djabbari told state-run France info radio.

He also recommended nationals who are already in the zones where the COVID-19 has spread “to quarantine themselves, limit social contacts, to manage with their employers to work at home to avoid non-essential contacts.”

In its travel advice, the French Foreign Ministry called on nationals “who can and who have no necessary reason to go to Lombardy and Veneto, to defer their trips.” It added that school trips to Italy were suspended until further notice.

In Italy, the novel coronavirus outbreak had killed 10 people and infected 322, with the majority reported in the northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto.

In France two more people were tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday, a French man returning from a trip in the Lombardy region and a Chinese woman who had recently visited China.

France was the first in Europe to confirm cases of the coronavirus on Jan. 24. Among the 12 patients previously registered, 11 have recovered. An 80-year-old Chinese tourist died on Feb. 14. Enditem

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