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PARIS – French government sends riot police to Marseille area to help enforce mask requirements, as more cities and neighborhoods impose mask rules from Monday to slow down rising infections.

Government spokesman Gabriel Attal announced on Monday that 130 police officers are being dispatched to the Marseille region, which extended its requirements for outdoor masks to all farmers’ markets and other neighborhoods on Friday .

France has seen scattered incidents of violence from people refusing to wear masks. Paris widened its mask requirements on Saturday and other cities in France started requiring masks outdoors on Monday.

Infections have accelerated in France in recent days, with 3,015 new cases on Sunday, one of the highest daily peaks since the country lifted a strict two-month lockdown in May.

More than 30,400 people have died with the virus in France, one of the highest death rates in the world.

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HERE’S WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS EPIDEMIC:

– Japanese economy shrinks at record pace, hit by pandemic

– New Zealand delays election by four weeks after virus outbreak in Auckland

– South Koreans urged to stay at home as cases climb

– Federal virus money slow to spill in local public health in the United States

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– Follow the AP pandemic coverage at http://apnews.com/VirusOutbreak and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak

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HERE’S WHAT ELSE HAPPENS:

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia – Traffic declined at the Croatian-Slovenian border over the weekend as Austrians who were on vacation in Croatia sought to return home before new security restrictions on entry into the country came into effect. force.

Several-hour traffic jams developed in Slovenia and 350 Austrians were unable to cross the border at the Spielfeld crossing before Sunday’s deadline, the Austrian Press Association reported on Monday.

The Austrian government has ordered increased health and safety measures for people coming from Croatia, noting that around a third of new coronavirus infections have been linked to travelers, many of whom were on vacation along the Adriatic coast Croatian.

Under the new guidelines for entering Austria, travelers must produce an official health certificate dated within 72 hours showing they have tested negative for the coronavirus. If such proof is not available, travelers must take a test within 48 hours of arrival and quarantine themselves at home until a result is available.

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ATHENS, Greece – The Greek government spokesperson said schools across the country are expected to reopen on September 7.

Stelios Petsas said schools will face challenges to ensure children adhere to measures such as maintaining social distancing, frequent hand washing and wearing masks when necessary.

Greek authorities have been alarmed by a significant increase in the number of daily coronavirus cases detected, with the number steadily exceeding 200 in the past five days. The total number of confirmed cases now exceeds 7,000, with 228 deaths.

Many of the new cases have been attributed to outbreaks after marriages and to people ignoring social distancing and protective measures during summer vacation.

On Sunday, health authorities began carrying out spot checks for the virus on passengers on ferries returning to the mainland from the islands.

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands – A key Dutch government advisory group predicts the national economy will shrink 5% in 2020 before returning to 3% growth in 2021 – if the country manages to avoid another major coronavirus lockdown .

The Dutch Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis said unemployment will rise to 7% next year, as the fallout from the pandemic continues to weigh on Dutch businesses.

The projections released on Monday will be used by the government of Prime Minister Mark Rutte when preparing its 2021 budget, which will be released on September 15.

Office manager Pieter Hasekamp says the Netherlands has been less hard hit than some other countries, “but make no mistake, the scale of the negative impact is unprecedented and, for the most part, , must still be felt. ”

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NEW DELHI – India’s reported death toll from the coronavirus has passed 50,000 after 941 new deaths were reported in the past 24 hours.

With a total of 50,921 reported deaths, India now has the fourth highest number of deaths from the virus in the world, behind the United States, Brazil and Mexico.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in India also exceeded 2.6 million on Monday after peaking at 57,982 cases in the past 24 hours, according to the health ministry. India is behind the United States and Brazil in the total number of reported cases.

The month of August saw a sharp rise in the number of deaths, with more than a quarter of the total number of coronavirus deaths in the country in the past 17 days.

The Indian Council for Medical Research, India’s leading medical research body, said more than 731,697 samples were tested for the virus on Sunday. India has performed nearly 30 million tests so far.

The death rate in India is less than 2%, according to the Ministry of Health.

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Denmark is making face masks mandatory on public transport from Saturday after the country has seen a steady rise in the number of new coronavirus infections.

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said face masks could also become mandatory in other areas of society, including supermarkets and malls.

She said the reason the new initiative will take effect at the end of the week is to give people and stores enough time to get masks. In addition, it is up to the transport companies to enforce their use.

Denmark was one of the first European countries to ease its coronavirus lockdown as the outbreak appeared to be contained. The Scandinavian country has recorded a total of 15,617 reported cases of the coronavirus, with 621 deaths.

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BEIJING – China has not reported any new cases of the locally spread coronavirus for the first time in a month, as twin outbreaks on opposite sides of the country have subsided.

The National Health Commission reported 22 imported cases in the last 24-hour period. China has seen a slight increase in the number of infected people arriving from overseas in the past eight days.

Health officials have reported a total of 84,849 cases and 4,634 deaths since the start of the pandemic. China does not include people who test positive but do not have symptoms in its official case tally.

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TOKYO – Japan’s economy contracted at an annual rate of 27.8% in April-June, the worst contraction on record, as the coronavirus pandemic slammed consumption and trade, according to government data released on Monday .

The Cabinet Office reported that Japan’s preliminary seasonally adjusted real gross domestic product, or GDP, the sum of a country’s goods and services, fell 7.8% quarter on quarter.

The annual rate shows what the number would have been if it had continued for a year.

Japanese media reported that the latest drop was the worst since World War II. But the Cabinet Office said comparable records began in 1980. The previous worst contraction occurred during the global financial crisis of 2009.

The world’s third-largest economy was already in trouble when the virus outbreak erupted late last year. The fallout has since gradually worsened both in COVID-19 cases and in social distancing restrictions.

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SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea has reported 197 new cases of coronavirus, the fourth consecutive day of triple-digit daily increases.

Health workers are working to slow down transmission in the greater capital region, where churches have become the main sources of infection.

Figures released by South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday brought the total number of reported cases to 15,515, including 305 deaths.

The country reported 279 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, its biggest one-day jump since early May, as government officials expressed concern about a massive outbreak in the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area.

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand – Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday chose to delay New Zealand’s national elections by four weeks as the country faces a new coronavirus outbreak in its largest city, Auckland.

The election was scheduled for September 19 but will now be held on October 17.

Under New Zealand law, Ardern had the option to postpone the election for up to about two months.

Opposition parties had called for a delay after the virus outbreak in Auckland last week prompted the government to lock the city into a two-week lockdown and halt the campaign.

Ardern said she would not consider delaying the election again, no matter what happened with a virus outbreak. Opinion poll indicates Ardern’s Liberal Labor Party is favored to win a second term.

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MELBOURNE, Australia – The hard-hit Australian state of Victoria on Monday recorded its deadliest day in the pandemic with 25 deaths from coronavirus.

The death toll surpasses the previous record of 9 p.m. set Wednesday last week.

Victoria’s health department recorded 282 new cases, just over 279 new infections reported on Sunday, while maintaining a downward trend over the past week.

Victoria released a record 725 new coronavirus cases in one day on August 5.

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