Paris’s Louvre Museum extends shutdown over coronavirus fears

The world’s most visited museum remains shut for a second day as Louvre staff worry about potential infections. It’s the latest blow to France’s tourism industry due to the coronavirus outbreak as Italy suffers a similar impact in its northern hubs of Venice and Milan. The disease – now spreading to 60 countries – has severely hampered China’s manufacturing activity, seeing the sharpest contraction ever in February, which is having a knock-on effect throughout the region. Meanwhile, stock markets rebound from last week’s rout as expectations rise that central banks will cut rates.

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Italy is a republic in central Europe which forms a peninsula in the Mediterranean Sea as well as bordering France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily form part of the main territory of Italy. Italy is part of the Eurozone, having entered the common currency on 1st January 1999.

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