Paris makes masks compulsory in busy outdoor areas as virus flares up

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France has made it compulsory to wear a face mask in closed public spaces such as shops and banks since July 21, and Paris joins a growing list of cities ordering people to wear masks in busy zones outdoors, including Toulouse, Lille and Biarritz.

“It needs to be done, even if it is not particularly pleasant,” Parisian Ofra Hoffman said in the run-up to the announcement.

The number of people in France infected with coronavirus rose by 2,288 on Friday, a new post-lockdown high. [nP6N2D400P

Britain will not hesitate to add more countries to its quarantine list, finance minister Rishi Sunak said on Friday when asked about whether France could join Spain on the list. (Reporting by Richard Lough; Editing by Angus MacSwan and Christina Fincher)