Next week's session of the European parliament will be moved from Strasbourg to Brussels due to "significantly higher health risks", the chamber's Speaker David Sassoli announced Thursday, as France reported more cases of the new coronavirus.
"The situation related to the spread of the infectious disease caused by the novel coronavirus COVID-19 has evolved over the last few days and hours. In particular, new infection clusters have been confirmed and case numbers are rising," Sassoli said in a statement.
"The necessary security conditions are not in place for the usual transfer of the European Parliament to Strasbourg for the plenary session next week," he added. The European parliament has chambers both in Strasbourg and Brussels.