The Louvre in Paris have closed their doors on Sunday as staff at the world famous art gallery have raised concerns of catching coronavirus.
The art gallery in Paris attracts tourists from all over the world and the 2,300 staff have said “its only a question of time” before a worker gets infected.
Employee and union representative Andre Sacristin said, “We are very worried because we have visitors from everywhere.
“The risk is very, very, very great.”
⚠ An informational meeting on the public health situation linked to #COVID19 prevention measures following the ministerial instructions transmitted by the competent authorities has delayed the opening of the #Louvre on Sunday, March 1.
The museum cannot open at the moment. pic.twitter.com/rmjcN2GORJ
— Musée du Louvre (@MuseeLouvre) March 1, 2020
The French health ministry confirmed 19 new cases late Friday almost a 100% increase from Thursday, health officials have warned cases are climbing across Europe.
France now has 57 confirmed coronavirus cases and French health officials said an epidemic is now imminent.
French Health Minister Olivier Véran said, “We are preparing for an epidemic
“We are now moving to stage two. The virus is circulating in our country and we must stop its spread.”
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently upgraded the global risk of the epidemic to “very high” – the top category.
The WHO director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Twitter, “If you are 60+, or have an underlying condition like cardiovascular disease, a respiratory condition or diabetes, you have a higher risk of developing severe #COVID19.
“Try to avoid crowded areas, or places where you might interact with people who are sick.”