All major gigs and games banned in European country to contain coronavirus

All major gigs and sporting events have been banned in Switzerland, as the country looks to control the spread of coronavirus.

The European country's authorities have cancelled all events of more than 1,000 in a bid to contain the outbreak.

This measure will come into effect immediately and will last until March 15 at least.

The Swiss government said it is banning all "public and private" events in the country, as nine people test positive in the country of 8.6m people.

It said the decision was taken "in view of the current situation and the spread of the coronavirus".

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The government said the measure "is expected to provide effective protection to people in Switzerland and to public health," and "should prevent or delay the spread of the disease in Switzerland thus reducing its momentum".

Among the events affected by the ban are the annual Geneva Motor Show, due to take place between March 5 and 15, and which draws tens of thousands of visitors every year.

The warning comes as 1,000 people in Heinsberg, Germany, to stay at home, after a couple from the town tested positive for the disease.

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Across the border in Italy, 650 people have now been confirmed as having the disease, up 250 on the day before.

A further six people have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number to 19.

More than 83,000 globally have the disease.

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