French minister says local authorities can make masks compulsory outdoors: CityAM

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The French Minister of Health said local authorities would be able to impose the wearing of face masks in outdoor areas to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.Writing on Twitter, Olivier Veran said the decision could be made “depending on the situation of the epidemic in each region”.

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Face masks are already mandatory in all indoor public spaces, including public transport and shops.

French President Emmanuel Macron said in June that the country had achieved a “first victory” over the coronavirus, although epidemics remain at the local level.

Yesterday there were 1,377 new confirmed cases, the second day in a row that cases have approached 1,400.

The 7-day moving average of cases also crossed the 1,000 threshold for the first time since the first half of May, when France relaxed its lockdown.

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France, one of the hardest hit countries in Europe, has seen more than 200,000 infections and more than 30,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

British ministers are closely monitoring the situation in France and are said to consider imposing quarantine measures on travelers from its neighbor, as is the case with Spain and Luxembourg.

Restrictions on travelers from Spain came over the weekend, while last night Luxembourg was also removed from the list of ‘travel lanes’.

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Ministers said they would not hesitate to take further action to limit the spread of the virus, with Matt Hancock warning last night that people should take further action.

The imposition of local lockdowns in the Greater Manchester area, which were announced last night with widespread confusion, is one of them.

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