By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

New data from Public Health France show the number of coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19 cases has risen to 2,876.

Included in this number is the death toll which is now 61.

On Thursday night, French President Emmanuel Macron announced sweeping new measures to try and contain the virus.

“Starting Monday, all nurseries, schools and universities will be closed,” he said, without specifying how long they would be remained closed for.

The president also urged anyone aged over 70, disabled or in poor health to stay at home and limit social contact as much as possible.
“Protecting our most vulnerable is the most important thing right now,” he said.
Europe has seen nearly 23,000 cases and 951 deaths in the coronavirus outbreak.