Masks made mandatory in parts of Paris amid surge in COVID-19 cases Aug 09, 2020 0 679 12345 AFPParisWearing a mask will be compulsory in parts of Paris and its wider region from Monday to combat a rise in coronavirus infections in and around the French capital, the police said.The mask will be obligatory for all those aged 11 and over from 8:00 am (0600 GMT) on Monday “in certain very crowded zones”, the police said in a statement on Saturday, without yet detailing which areas were affected.“All the indicators show that since mid-July the virus is again circulating more actively in the region,” the police said, adding that 400 people were testing positive for COVID-19 in the region every day, with the 20-30 age group particularly affected.It noted that the rate of positive tests in Paris was 2.4 percent in the Paris region, compared to the national average of 1.6 percent.Paris’ Socialist mayor Anne Hidalgo had already called on the police to make mask wearing compulsory in parts of the French capital, notably on the Seine river embankment and in open-air markets.Since last month, it had already been compulsory to wear a mask in indoor public spaces such as shops across the country.But several French cites have gone a step further by making mask-wearing obligatory in certain public spaces, notably in Nice and Marseille on the Mediterranean and Lille in the northeast.France emerged relatively swiftly from its two month lockdown to combat the virus, and life has generally returned to almost normal with a busy domestic holiday season in progress.But officials are increasingly concerned with the increasing rate of new infections, in a country which has now seen 30,324 coronavirus deaths.France on Friday reported 2,288 new infections, a stark increase on the daily figure from previous weeks.The government’s COVID-19 scientific council warned this week that France could “at any moment” lose control over the spread of the coronavirus.Developments are being closely watched in Britain, where press reports have suggested the government could add France to a list of countries from where inbound travellers will need to quarantine for two weeks.On Thursday, Norway said people travelling from France and a handful of other European countries would have to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival, citing an epidemic trend that “is moving in the wrong direction”. RELATED ARTICLES Anti-govt protests in eastern Russia enter fifth weekend Aug 09, 2020 0 632 Leading Belarus oppn candidate’s campaign manager detained Aug 09, 2020 0 623 French say rescued 33 migrants heading for England Aug 09, 2020 0 629 Sweltering France posts traffic jam record PARIS: France saw a record level of traffic jams on Saturday, with cars stuck in gridlock on roasting roads spanning 820 kilometres across a country suffering a brutal heatwave. France’s traffic authorities said the .. Italy extends COVID-19 restrictions, allows cruise ships to sail DPA Rome The Italian government has extended measures intended to stop the spread of coronavirus until September 7, according to a decree issued by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s cabinet on Friday night. Masks must .. Bodies of missing marines recovered off California WASHINGTON: The bodies of seven US marines and one soldier missing for more than a week have been recovered off the coast of California, the US Marine Corps said in a statement on Friday. The remains are to be handed over to .. Pompeo to sign contract boosting US military presence in Poland DPA Warsaw US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is due to sign a contract to boost US military presence in Poland by an additional 1,000 troops during his visit to Warsaw, sources close to the presidential office said .. Britain recalls 741,000 virus testing kits over safety fears DPA London The British regulatory authority responsible for medical products has ordered the recall of hundreds of thousands of coronavirus tests after they were found not to be safe for use. Up to 741,000 tests from the ..