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France orders mask usage outdoors

France orders mask usage outdoors
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Officials in several parts of France on Monday will begin requiring outdoor mask usage as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus.

The mandate comes on the heels of an existing requirement that residents wear masks in indoor public spaces, The Associated Press reported. Areas affected by the new outdoor requirements include 69 towns in the western Mayenne region, as well as some sites in the city of Lille and the city of Biarritz in Basque country.

France, which ordered a nationwide lockdown for about two months earlier this year, has seen an uptick in confirmed infections in recent weeks, with 7,000 new cases in the last week alone. The country has confirmed 30,265 deaths from the virus since the pandemic began.

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Meanwhile, the country began requiring tests on arrival for visitors from 16 countries, including the U.S. and Brazil. General travel to and from the 16 countries is banned. The only people allowed to enter France from those countries are French citizens or foreign citizens with an established French residence. Anyone who tests positive must quarantine for two weeks, Time reported.

President TrumpDonald TrumpMore than two-thirds of Americans approve of Biden's coronavirus response: poll Sarah Huckabee Sanders to run for governor Mexico's president tests positive for COVID-19 MORE has seized on reports of new outbreaks in other countries that imposed stricter lockdowns to defend the U.S. handling of the virus.

On Sunday, the president cited a state of disaster declared in the Australian state of Victoria, which reported 671 new cases and seven new deaths Sunday. India, meanwhile, reported 54,735 new cases Sunday, while Japan reported 1,540.

“Big China Virus breakouts all over the World, including nations which were thought to have done a great job,” the president tweeted.

“The Fake News doesn’t report this,” he added. “USA will be stronger than ever before, and soon!” Trump had previously tweeted that infectious diseases expert Anthony FauciAnthony FauciFive examples of media's sycophancy for Biden on inauguration week Las Vegas-area district moves to partially reopen schools amid surge in student suicides Fauci: Receiving powder-filled envelope was 'very, very disturbing' MORE was “wrong!” to attribute Europe’s greater success in containing the virus to stricter lockdowns.