Coronavirus live news: India returns Bangalore to lockdown; EU drops Serbia and Montenegro from safe list

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EU drops Serbia and Montenegro from safe list

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Masks will become mandatory in all enclosed public spaces in France within the next few weeks, President Emmanuel Macron has said in a major Bastille Day interview.

Masks were already obligatory on public transport and recommended in shops, with many store owners refusing to welcome customers not wearing them.

Macron said there were “signs that the virus is returning somewhat here and there”, with localised outbreaks causing concern among experts and fears of a further uptick as people leave for their summer holidays.

Macron also said France was carrying out about 370,000 Covid-19 tests a week and had the capacity to do twice as many. Testing will soon be available to all without prescription, he said.

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