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France: number of tourists decreased by 40% due to coronavirus

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The number of tourists visiting France as a result of an outbreak of coronavirus decreased by 30-40%, said the head of the French Ministry of Finance Bruno Le Mer.

France is one of the most visited countries in the world. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in 2018, 89.4 million foreign citizens visited France, and the share of tourism revenue in national GDP amounted to about 8%.

“Of course, there are fewer tourists in France now, 30-40% less than expected. Of course, this is a serious blow to the French economy,” Le Mayer told CNBC in Riyadh, where the meeting of G20 finance ministers is taking place.

On December 31, 2019, the Chinese authorities informed the World Health Organization about an outbreak of unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan in the central part of the country (Hubei Province).

Experts have identified the causative agent of the disease – this is a new coronavirus. WHO recognized the outbreak as an emergency of international importance and gave the disease its official name – COVID-19.
The number of people infected in mainland China has already exceeded 77 thousand

people, 2592 have died, over 24 thousand have been cured. The number of infections outside of China, according to the WHO, reached 1769, 17 people died. In France, according to the WHO, 12 cases of infection were recorded, one patient died.

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