Health officials report Three new coronavirus deaths in France, bringing total fatalities to Seven

Paris marathon postponed due to coronavirus

Three more people have died from coronavirus infection in France on Thursday, taking the total to seven, while the number of confirmed infections rose by 138 to 423, a health official said.

A total of 23 people are in a very serious condition, health agency director Jerome Salomon said at a daily briefing about the virus.

French President Emmanuel Macron said in a video on the Elysee palace website that it now appeared to be "inevitable" the coronavirus outbreak will develop into an epidemic in France

Meanwhile, the Paris marathon has been postponed from April 5 to October 18 due to the coronavirus outbreak, organisers said on Thursday.

"In order to avoid a late cancellation that would penalise the participants, we have, in agreement with the Paris mayor's office, decided to postpone the Paris marathon to Oct. 18," Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO) said in a statement.

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