Coronavirus in Paris: What’s going on?

Edit: For the most recent updates on Coronavirus in Paris, check with a local news source like The Local France. This story, from March 10, will quickly go out of date, but I’ll continue to update social media and the podcast.

What’s the latest with the Coronavirus in France? Should you cancel your trip to Paris? How is daily life affected? Are the museums closed? What about the public transport?

I asked all these questions and more to Ben McPartland, the editor of The Local, Europe’s News in English. Here’s the episode.

In short, France is seeing a rise in the number of coronavirus cases. At Tuesday lunchtime there are 1,606 cases since the outbreak in January and 30 people have died.

But daily life is going on as normal. The only real changes you’d notice are that events with over 1,000 people have been cancelled and that people aren’t shaking hands or kissing each other on the cheek.

On the podcast episode, Ben explains what’s going on, how it differs from the situation in Italy, and he shares his thoughts on the short and long term effects of the coronavirus in France.

Here’s the episode again.

The Local Europe, especially The Local France, has loads of practical information and advice about what’s going on with the Coronavirus. Keep an eye on them for continued updates in English.

And remember to keep an eye on your government websites for travel recommendations.

4 thoughts on “Coronavirus in Paris: What’s going on?

  1. Thank you so much for this information. I am due in Paris in April I have been spending time there for the past 8 years, but I am undecided at this time. My big concern is flying from L.A. an 11 hour flight.
    Will you be doing your book tour? I am looking forward to seeing you in L.A. in May.
    Best regards, Ann

  2. Complete idiocy, this panic. If you’re old and sick, stay home. Everybody else, wash your hands and cover your mouth when you cough–whether you think you have a coronavirus dry cough or a regular crève mucus cough. Easier said than done–evil stepdaughter was just here to see her ill father and she came with the flu (regular kind). She never covered her mouth when she coughed, nor did she wash her hands after blowing her nose. Her germs are OK; it’s other people’s that are not. We were all vaccinated against the regular flu, which is probably why we haven’t gotten sick.

  3. Thank you for a rational, practical update. We plan to visit at the end of June, barring government travel advice stopping us. Our trip is a lifelong dream, so…I hope things have a better outlook by then.

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