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Masks now obligatory on Paris riverbanks and some streets

A new rule mandating face masks on Paris river and canal banks as well as some busy streets came into force at 8 am (0600 GMT) on Monday.

A new rule mandating face masks on Paris river and canal banks as well as some busy streets came into force at 8 am (0600 GMT) on Monday.

The capital is the latest French city to make masks obligatory in some outdoors areas. They are already obligatory nationwide in most indoors spaces open to the public.

France is currently seeing an uptick in coronavirus infections, with 2,288 new cases reported in 24 hours as of Friday evening.

However, the number of severe cases in intensive care remained stable, at 383.

At the peak of the epidemic nationally in early April, there were more than 7,000 patients in intensive care.

The French COVID-19 death toll stands at 30,324, one of the highest in Europe.

The move to impose masks outdoors has divided experts, with some saying it will help prevent a serious resurgence of the epidemic but others pointing to evidence that the vast majority of infections take place indoors.

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