France has made a face mask mandatory for all public spaces closed during the new Covid-19 outbreak.
The mask was already approved for public transport, but from Monday it should also be worn in places such as shops.
Health Minister Oliver Véran warned that France was among the “400 and 500 active” groups of the virus.
President Emmanuel Macron announced the “first victory” of the virus in June and eliminated a national emergency, but the domestic outbreak remains.
The number of cases in the north-western and eastern provinces is high, especially in the north-western department of Mayenne.
France, one of Europe’s toughest countries, has recorded more than 200,000 deaths and 30,000 deaths since the outbreak began.
What is happening in France?
Face masks are now mandatory in all closed public spaces, including stores where previous owners could decide for themselves whether customers should wear masks or not. Anyone caught without a mask faces a fine of € 135 (£ 123; $ 154).
Authorities in Mayenne began demanding restrictions on forced closure last week as cases increased in the department.
The Santé Publique France Public Health Center issued a warning in May after it exceeded the awareness limit on 50 new cases per 100,000 people a week. In all of France, that figure is about 10 per 100,000 inhabitants.
Some states have concerned authorities. Brittany in northwestern France has 2.6 birth numbers – which means that each person with the virus transmits the virus to about three other people. The Vosges east department also saw an increase in cases, with a total of R in Marseille and Nice estimated at 1.55.
Mr Véran plans to travel to Mayenne later on Monday. While the country is “too far away” from the emergence of a second wave, he told the French Info broadcaster that there were “alarming signs of a resurgence of the epidemic”.
“We have to stay awake,” he said, noting that people are tired of limitations and want to return to normal life. “All options are on the table” if the outbreak increases, add, including closure or return to national boundaries.
In all of this, the outbreak is the most widespread in France. But many public health officials have warned of a second wave, and the government has begun collecting hundreds of millions of candies.
What about elsewhere in Europe?
Although countries have reinstated restored restrictions on the spread of the virus, many across the continent have been forced to relocate or re-introduce national measures as the infection has recurred.
Spain’s north-eastern region of Catalonia has asked millions of its citizens to stay at home, with new cases threatening to end domestic health programs.
French Prime Minister Jean Castex said the country could close its border with Spain due to the growing population.
Infection is also increasing throughout the Balkans. Bosnia-Herzegovina reported about 300 new cases on Sunday, and dozens of politicians are infected with the virus – including former President Dragan Covic and the principals of its two organizations, the Federal and Rububikaika Srpska.
Serbia, Albania and Montenegro also reported significant increases in confirmed cases. Montenegro currently has about 195 cases per 100,000 citizens – the highest number in the region.