France watching Italian situation closely: Health Minister

Newly-appointed French Health and Solidarity Minister Olivier Veran leaves after the weekly cabinet meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, February 19, 2020. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

PARIS (Reuters) – French Health Minister Olivier Veran said on Sunday that there were no new cases of coronavirus in France and that he was watching the situation in Italy closely.

“The situation tonight is very evolutive at international level. We are following the situation in Italy,” Veran told a news conference. “I spoke with my Italian and German counterparts… We have agreed to have a discussion between several European health ministers probably next week.”

In France the situation was “stable” and “there are no new cases in France,” he added.

Cases of the new coronavirus in Italy, the most affected country in Europe, rose on Saturday to more than 150, killing three people and prompting the government to close off the worst hit areas in the northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto.

Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; Editing by Alex Richardson

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