France reports 534 new cases of COVID-19 | Newcastle herald

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world newsFrance reported 534 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 18 new deaths from the virus, hours after ministers urged people to start wearing masks in closed public places to prevent a further outbreak of the epidemic . According to data from the Ministry of Health on Thursday, the total number of deaths since the start of the epidemic has reached 30,138 and the number of confirmed cases was 173,838. The number of people hospitalized was 6,796, down from 119 compared to the previous 24 hours, and the number of people in intensive care was 481, one less than a day earlier. President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that the mask would be mandatory in places such as stores from August 1, citing signs that the coronavirus was “coming back a bit”. But on Thursday, Prime Minister Jean Castex said the order would take effect next week. Until now, it was mandatory to wear face covers only in public transport and in public spaces where social distancing is not possible. “We were planning to implement (this measure) on August 1,” said Castex in the Senate. “I heard and understood that this deadline appeared late or raised certain questions, so the decree will come into force next week. Health Minister Olivier Veran, speaking in the lower house of parliament, encouraged people to start wearing masks now, without waiting for the decree, calling it a social responsibility mask. Australian Associated Press

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