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A man wearing a mask walks pasts the Eiffel tower closed after the French government banned all gatherings of over 100 people to limit the spread of the virus COVID-19, in Paris, Saturday, March 14, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness, especially in older adults and people with existing health problems. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Spain locks down its citizens, while France shuts nightlife

Mar. 14, 2020 9:26 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain locked down its 46 million citizens and France ordered the closing of just about everything the rest of the world loves about it — the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the cafes and restaurants — as governments took increasingly desperate measures to put more space...

The Louvre museum is pictured in Paris, Monday, March 2, 2020. The Louvre Museum was closed again Monday as management was meeting with staff worried about the spread of the new virus in the world's most-visited museum. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

High level of Seine River concerns Paris officials

Mar. 9, 2020 7:09 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The water level in the Seine River is rising after massive rainfall, adding to concerns that it could break its bank in Paris. The situation is adding to problems for the Louvre Museum, which has recently faced closures over pension strikes and the outbreak of the new coronavirus. The world's...

The Latest: Australia bans travel from S Korea over virus

Mar. 4, 2020 10:19 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — The Latest on the virus outbreak (all times local): 10:20 a.m. Australia has banned travel from South Korea and will more thoroughly screen travellers from Italy in a bid to curb the spread of the new coronavirus. The travel ban from late Thursday follows similar bans on travel from China...

Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, center, eats a pizza with French Ambassador to Rome Christian Masset, right, and pizza maker Gino Sorbillo, in Sorbillo's restaurant, in Rome, Wednesday, March 4, 2020. According to reports, Di Maio invited the French ambassador for a pizza after French channel Canal plus broadcast a satirical video of a fake Italian pizza maker coughing on a pizza and calling it

What's Happening: Virus closes schools, but Louvre reopens

Mar. 4, 2020 9:58 PM EST

More school closures and the suspension of business travel are among the steps being taken around the world to fight the spread of the new coronavirus. These are some of the latest developments Wednesday: SCHOOLS, PRAYER DISRUPTED Italy is closing schools nationwide after reporting more than 3,000 cases of the...

FILE - In this Monday, March 2, 2020 file photo, tourists wearing a mask walk away from the Louvre museum in Paris. Museum staffers who had stayed off the job since Sunday for fear of infection voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to resume work. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

No money for masterpieces: Louvre bans cash over virus fears

Mar. 4, 2020 11:41 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — The Louvre is no longer taking cash, because of the coronavirus outbreak. The world's most-visited museum is shifting to card-only payments as part of new measures that helped persuade employees worried about getting sick to return to work Wednesday. Louvre workers who guard Leonardo da...

The Louvre museum is pictured in Paris, Monday, March 2, 2020. The Louvre Museum was closed again Monday as management was meeting with staff worried about the spread of the new virus in the world's most-visited museum. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Mona Lisa's smile restored: Louvre reopens after virus fears

Mar. 4, 2020 7:08 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — This should restore the Mona Lisa's famous smile: Her Paris home, the Louvre Museum, is open again after management eased workers' fears about catching the coronavirus. Louvre Museum employees who had stayed off the job since Sunday for fear of infection voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to...

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping, second right, wearing a protective face mask, talks to a medical staff members during his visit to the Academy of Military Medical Sciences in Beijing, Monday, March 2, 2020. The number of new virus infections rose worldwide along with fears of a weakening global economy, even as cases in China dropped to their lowest level in six weeks on Monday and hundreds of patients at the outbreak's epicenter were released from hospitals. (Ju Peng/Xinhua via AP)

What's Happening: Virus empties public spaces, spreads in US

Mar. 2, 2020 6:29 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The new coronavirus is entering additional territories, from megacities to seaside villages, and casting a fast-growing shadow over the world economy. Here’s a look at some of the latest developments: ANOTHER U.S. STATE HIT, AND ANOTHER There are now more than 100 cases in about a...

A view of the Louvre museum, in Paris, France, Sunday, March 1, 2020. The spreading coronavirus epidemic shut down France's Louvre Museum on Sunday, with workers who guard its trove of artworks fearful of being contaminated by the museum's flow of visitors from around the world. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)

France's Louvre stays shut amid staff fears of virus spread

Mar. 2, 2020 2:14 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Tourists trying to visit the Louvre Museum on Monday were out of luck, as the world's most visited museum stayed closed for a second straight day because of workers' worries about the potential spread of the new virus. Most of the Paris landmark's 9.6 million visitors last year came from other...

Tourists stand outside the Louvre museum, in Paris, France, Sunday, March 1, 2020. The spreading coronavirus epidemic shut down France's Louvre Museum on Sunday, with workers who guard its trove of artworks fearful of being contaminated by the museum's flow of visitors from around the world. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)

France closes the Louvre as virus spreads to new fronts

Mar. 1, 2020 10:32 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Coronavirus cases surged in Italy, and France closed the world-famous Louvre Museum as the epidemic that began in China sent fear rising across Western Europe, threatening its tourism industry. The virus has spread to more than 60 countries, and more than 3,000 people have died from the...

Tourists stand outside the Louvre museum, in Paris, France, Sunday, March 1, 2020. The spreading coronavirus epidemic shut down France's Louvre Museum on Sunday, with workers who guard its trove of artworks fearful of being contaminated by the museum's flow of visitors from around the world. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)

Virus fears close down France's famed Louvre Museum

Mar. 1, 2020 5:19 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The spreading coronavirus epidemic shut down France's Louvre Museum on Sunday, with workers who guard its famous trove of artworks fearful of being contaminated by the museum's flow of tourists from around the world. Almost three-quarters of the Louvre's 9.6 million visitors last year came...