Coronavirus outbreak halts work on fire-ravaged Notre-Dame in Paris

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Restoration work on the fire-ravaged Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris was halted by the French authorities Monday because of the coronavirus.

Workers at historic landmark in the center of the French capital had been dismantling the molten metal scaffolding around the spire of church, which collapsed in the catastrophic blaze last year.

Officials told AFP that decontamination measures set in place to deal with danger from the huge quantities of lead that melted in the fire were not compatible with rules set down to deal with the coronavirus.

France has closed down all schools, theatres, cinemas and shops not selling “non-essential” items such as food in an effort to stop the spread of the virus.

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