PARIS

There are 3,661 cases of the coronavirus and 79 deaths in France as of late Friday.

French President Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation Thursday and said all schools and universities will be closed Monday until further notice.

It’s the latest step in trying to preventing the spread of the virus known as COVID-19 that has gripped the world and seen a rapid-fire rise in cases and deaths in Europe in the past two weeks.

Worldwide, the number of reported cases stands at 133,860 and deaths at 4,967. The statistics were issued in coordinated efforts by France’s Ministry of Health,

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