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The solemn ceremony for around 400 guests took place Russia announced that it had recorded 750,000 infections during its outbreak and France accelerated plans to make it mandatory to wear protective masks in closed public spaces due to concerns raised by Covid-19.

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that the mask would be mandatory in places such as stores from August 1 due to signs that the coronavirus was “coming back a bit”.

But Prime Minister Jean Castex said Thursday that the order would come into effect next week. Until now, it was mandatory to wear a face cover outdoors only in public transport and in public spaces where social distancing is not possible.

The Minister of Health Olivier Véran noted signs of “resurgence” of the coronavirus which has killed more than 30,000 people in France to date.

“We are seeing in some Paris hospitals weak signs of an epidemic resurgence, which is why I urge the French to remain particularly vigilant, active, against the virus,” he said on public radio.

According to the latest official data, France saw 133 new coronavirus patients hospitalized in 24 hours, and 17 more people in intensive care for a total of 482.

After in recorded more than 600 deaths in a single day, 125 million people in the impoverished state of Bihar, in neighboring Nepal, also began a new 15-day lockout on Thursday.

In Australia, where Victoria recorded 317 new cases of coronavirus, the highest number of daily cases in the country during the pandemic, officials said they were waiting to see the impact of the new restrictions recently introduced before deciding whether it was necessary to move to an even more stringent situation “Stage four” regime, the details of which have not yet been disclosed.

In the midst of persistent resurgence around the world, the issue of wearing masks has come to the fore as countries try to balance the reopening of their economies and the eradication of the virus.

Even in the WE, who has seen widespread resistance by some to masks for partisan political reasons – after being associated with an attack on personal freedoms – even some conservative states have started to warn that wearing the mask could become mandatory.

Alabama and Montana governors said on Wednesday that people would be forced to wear masks in public after Alabama recorded a new one-day increase in Covid-19 deaths and Montana reached a new peak for cases, which means that almost half of all states today have a mask mandate.

The question of making it compulsory has been controversial, a European expert warning that the new regulations requiring masks to be warned in shops and supermarkets in England could backfire.

Dr Agoritsa Baka, chief emergency preparedness expert at the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), said that persuasion could be more effective given the obvious difficulties in enforcing the rule.

Meanwhile, the official number of coronavirus cases in Russia reached 752,797 on Thursday, the fourth largest in the world, after authorities reported 6,428 new cases in the past 24 hours. In their daily reading, officials said that 167 people died overnight, bringing the official death toll to 11,937.

And to better understand how the disease works, researchers in Italy have established that Covid-19 was the direct cause of death – rather than a contributing factor – among 89% of pandemic victims in the country, according to l Higher Institute of Health and the National Statistics Agency.


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