France’s Sports Minister, Roxana Maracineanu, has announced that there will be a 1,000-attendance cap for all sporting events in the country until April 15 amid concerns over the ongoing threat posed by the coronavirus.

France’s Six Nations rugby match against Ireland, which had been scheduled to take place on Saturday, has also been postponed due to the coronavirus, which as of yesterday (Sunday) had killed 19 people in France.

Six Nations said in a statement that it will continue to work with its constituent unions and federations to identify dates on which all postponed matches will take place, with Ireland vs Italy and Italy vs England having already been called off.

Paris Saint-Germain’s UEFA Champions League match against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday will be played behind closed doors as the coronavirus continues to have an impact on sporting events across France. PSG’s Ligue 1 match against RC Strasbourg, which had been due to take place last Saturday, was also postponed.

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