Staff force Louvre closure over virus infection fears

Workers at the Louvre in Paris - the most visited museum in world - voted not to open on Sunday as France reported 100 cases of the Covid-19 disease

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The Louvre museum in Paris has remained shut amid concerns over France's coronavirus outbreak, reports the BBC.

Staff at the Louvre - the most visited museum in world - voted "almost unanimously" not to open on Sunday, a union representative said.

On Saturday the French government banned all indoor gatherings of more than 5,000 people, in an effort to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.

France has reported 100 cases of the Covid-19 disease. Two people have died.

Queues formed outside the museum's iconic pyramid in the rain, but the doors remained shut.

A statement on the museum's website said a meeting was reviewing the "public health situation linked to Covid-19 prevention measures" announced by the government.

The previous day, an emergency cabinet meeting banned large gatherings "in confined spaces", as well as open-air events such as Sunday's Paris half-marathon.

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