The UN announced Tuesday it will be closing its New York City headquarters to the public “out of an abundance of caution” because of the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The international body earlier decided to reduce the number of staff within its executive branch before opting to close the complex to the general public. Tours will also be suspended at the same time as the closure, which begins at 8 p.m. local time (0000 GMT).

“As the Secretary-General has said, the health and safety of staff is a matter of his utmost priority and concern. The United Nations

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