PARIS – Seaside resorts along the French Atlantic coast, picturesque walks on the Loire, farmers markets in the Alps – are among the dozens of places in France where everyone is now required to wear a mask in the open air.
The outdoor mask rules that come into effect Monday come in addition to a national decree last month requiring people to wear masks in all stores and other indoor public places. Pressure is also increasing on the government to enforce the use of outdoor masks nationwide.
France is seeing an increase in coronavirus infections, with hundreds of new clusters in recent weeks, especially as young people gather in waterfront cafes or dance parties and families gather for the summer holidays. ‘summer.
Several sites across France have started requiring masks outdoors in recent days. As of Monday, 69 towns in the Mayenne region of western France have imposed rules on outdoor masks, as have parts of the Nordic city of Lille and the coastal town of Biarritz in the south of France. French Basque Country.
France reported 7,000 new cases last week, after nearly bringing the virus under control with a strict two-month nationwide lockdown, and has confirmed 30,265 virus-related deaths since the start of the pandemic.
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ISLAMABAD – Even as Pakistan recorded one of its lowest 24-hour infection rates with just 330 new cases reported on Monday, the government announced a new nationwide lockdown until August 17, with the authorization to open grocery stores and pharmacies.
Mosques and churches will also be allowed to remain open, but with social distances and masks.
The new lockdown follows the Muslim holiday of Eid ul Adha, which ended Monday in Pakistan. The lockdown was imposed to avoid a spike in cases that occurred in June after Pakistanis celebrated the first Muslim holiday of Eid ul Fitr.
As of mid-June, Pakistan recorded more than 6,000 new daily cases of the virus. Since then, it has steadily declined. The death rate has also fallen, with just eight deaths reported on Monday.
Overall, Pakistan has confirmed 280,029 cases, including 5,984 deaths.
CANBERRA, Australia – The Prime Minister of Australia has announced a payment of AU $ 1,500 ($ 1,060) for workers in a hotspot state who must self-isolate for 14 days and do not have sick leave paid.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison described the payment which will be available from Wednesday as disaster relief and it was offered after the Victoria government declared a COVID-19 disaster in the city of Melbourne on Sunday.
“It’s heartbreaking. This pandemic, this virus is wreaking havoc and the time has come, as has been the case throughout this pandemic, that we continue to support each other, ”Morrison said.
The government in Victoria is concerned that many infections are caused by people who are tested for COVID-19 and return to work before they get results, usually two days later.
Starting Wednesday evening, non-essential businesses will close in Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city, in an attempt to curb the outbreak.
Industries that will be shutting down on-site operations for six weeks include most retail and manufacturing businesses. Most construction companies and meat factories will have to cut staff and operations.
Victoria on Monday announced 429 new infections and 13 more deaths overnight.
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is reimposing a moderate lockdown in the Philippine capital and outlying provinces after medical groups appealed for the move as coronavirus infections rise alarmingly.
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said on Monday that metropolitan Manila, the capital region of more than 12 million people, and five densely populated provinces would return to tighter quarantine restrictions for two weeks from Tuesday. . Public transport will be prohibited and only essential travel will be allowed.
Leaders of nearly 100 medical organizations held a rare online press conference on Saturday and warned that the healthcare system was overwhelmed by spikes in infection and could collapse when healthcare workers fall ill or quit. exhaustion and fear.
They called on Duterte to reimpose a tight lockdown in the capital to allow health workers “a time out” and allow the government to recalibrate its response to the pandemic.
The number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines topped 103,000 on Sunday and is the second in Southeast Asia.
NEW DELHI – Indian health authorities have approved the Serum Institute of India to conduct phase two and three trials of a COVID-19 vaccine candidate developed by the University of Oxford.
The approval came on Sunday evening from the Comptroller General of Drugs of India. At least 1,600 adults will participate in the trials.
Serum, the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer by volume, is mass-producing the vaccine candidate developed by the University of Oxford. It is one of the many candidates under development.
Meanwhile, the number of coronavirus cases in India surpassed 1.8 million on Monday with another spike of 52,972 new cases in the past 24 hours. The health ministry also reported 771 deaths in the past 24 hours on Monday, bringing the total number of deaths to 38,135.
BEIJING – An outbreak in China’s far northwestern Xinjiang region continues to subside, with 28 new cases reported on Monday.
The outbreak of 590 cases so far has been concentrated in the capital, Urumqi, where authorities have carried out mass testing, cut public transport, isolated some communities and restricted travel.
Seven other new cases were imported and eight were in northeast Liaoning Province. No new deaths have been reported, leaving China’s total at 4,634 out of 84,428 reported cases of COVID-19.
Yet as mainland China’s latest outbreak appears to have peaked, authorities in the semi-autonomous Chinese city of Hong Kong are struggling to contain the infections, with more than 200 added over the weekend.
PRISTINA, Kosovo – Kosovar Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti has said he has the coronavirus and is isolating himself at home.
Hoti posted on Facebook that he had no symptoms other than a mild cough. He did not mention if any of his close associates had been infected or if he was going into quarantine.
Kosovo health authorities have reported a significant increase in new virus cases and deaths over the past month, a trend that continues.
New lockdown measures such as restrictions on public gatherings have been imposed and authorities are trying to find more hospital beds.
They reported 8,799 cases and 249 deaths on Sunday.