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France’s Prime Minister, Jean Castex, yesterday  announced that face masks will become compulsory throughout Paris as he urged the public to help halt a trend of mounting coronavirus infections.

Castex said 19 departments have been added to a map with “red” zones of active virus circulation, meaning 21 of mainland France’s 94 departments are now classified as such.

Official figures showed more than 5,400 confirmed new cases in just 24 hours, with admissions to hospital and intensive care units on the rise.

There was a resurgence of COVID-19 pandemic throughout France with 39 positive tests per 100,000 population. This is four times the level of infection a month ago in all age groups.

The positivity rate which is the percentage of tests that come back positive was up from one percent in May to 3.7 presently.

According to Castex, more than 800 coronavirus patients are being admitted to hospital on average each week, up from 500 six weeks ago

“The epidemic is gaining ground, and now is the time to intervene” to curb exponential infection growth, he said.

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