Local Confinement Daily – January 17th 2021

Day 79 of the second confinement period

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The comic book is being worked on


Another Great Classic A bit of nostalgy here. This songs reminds me in particular of a trip to the South of France from Paris hitchiking. It took me just under 36 hours for the journey.

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⇢Curfew from 6 p.m.

No, it will not be possible to go out between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. unless you have no choice.

Exceptions will be made for the following reasons:

⇢Business trips to the place of education or training cannot be postponed;
⇢Consultations and care that cannot be provided at a distance and cannot be postponed or for the purchase of health products;
⇢Travel for compelling family reasons, for assistance to vulnerable or precarious persons or for childcare;
⇢Travel by people with disabilities and their carers;
⇢Judicial or administrative summons;
⇢Missions of general interest;
⇢Travel linked to transit (plane, train, bus) for long distance journeys;
⇢Short journeys within a maximum radius of one kilometre around the home for the needs of pets.


You will need a certificate, which can be downloaded from the government’s website.

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▫️Vaccinations report

New data has now been officially communicated

The governement is keeping to the target of 1 Million by the end of January and added a target of 2,5 Million by the end of Feb. A target of 6.5 Million by the summer has also been communicated.

Daily vaccinations
Percentage of the population vaccinated by region / territory
Cummulative v target which now includes the end of Feb target of 2.5 Million vaccinations

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▫️ Dakar Rally 2021

The 2021 edition is now over

 ⇢ 30 years after his first victory on a bike on the Dakar, Stéphane Peterhansel 🇫🇷 has added a 14th title to his collection and his 8th behind the wheel of a car, becoming the only driver to have won on three continents. At the finish in Jeddah, Kevin Benavides has also written himself into the history books as the first South American winner of the bike category, whilst one of his countrymen, Argentinean Manuel Andújar, was victorious in the quad race. As in 2019, the lightweight vehicle category was dominated by another Latino, Chilean “Chaleco” López. As for the 100% Kamaz coloured podium in the truck race, its first step has been conquered by Russian Dmitry Sotnikov.

⇢ After 12 stages and more than 8,000 kilometres covered in total since 3rd January, 193 vehicles (in comparison to the 286 starters) completed the 43rd edition of the Dakar, the second organised in Saudi Arabia. The rally’s final general standings include 63 bikes, 11 quads, 49 cars, 41 lightweight vehicles and 29 trucks. What’s more, 19 competitors who had to withdraw from the competition prematurely took advantage of the Dakar Experience formula, allowing them to continue the adventure to Jeddah.

⇢ Finally, the Dakar Classic category, which for its first edition welcomed vehicles from the 20th century enrolled in a race for consistency, has been won by Marc Douton behind the wheel of a Sunhill Buggy.

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▫️Vendée Globe

The first 8 boats, out of the 25 remaining in the race, have now crossed the equator and are on the last leg home.

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France

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Actual v Original Targets for December 15th Targets

It is better to look at the 7 days rolling average which is still on an upward trend

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Occitanie

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Incidence rate is back in the Red

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Below is the table, as a reminder, of the main parameters

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Glossary

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Latest info on PCR Tests

On paper, more than half of the population has been tested

Not many tests yesterday for some unknow reason

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Meteo – A little bit milder in the coming days. Too early for spring though.

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🔹Top 15 (used to be 10) countries according to the new daily cases as of yesterday

Unusual hight numbers in Germany

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Improve your French

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🔹 Overseas titbits

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🇺🇸 There is so much insanity going on right now over the pond🇺🇸

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🔹Walks / Hikes

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Making plans for the coming weeks

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Pics from our Aude region in Occitanie

Bison Futé
Vigie Crues
Open Street Map

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Confinement Weekly – January 16th 2021

Day 303 overall & 78th day of the 2nd confinement phase

A long time ago

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Dashboards▫️ Pic of the day▫️ Info & News

Food & Drink▫️ Fun bits ▫️ Statistics

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🔹Starting today, the whole country will be wearing a night cap from 6 p.m. onwards, compared to 8 p.m. until now.

What does two hours of curfew change?

This is obviously the question that will come up again and again in the already highly inflammable conversations about the Covid, barrier measures and vaccination.

The question was asked specialists to answer. With rare exceptions, they are on the same line: tighter curfews result in fewer interactions. The fewer people you meet, the less likely you are to transmit or contract the virus.

Not sure curfew will prevent a new outbreak


While there is a risk of concentrating certain activities in reduced time slots, other more risky situations are eliminated. In other words, there may be more people queuing at the supermarket checkouts, but in principle less for an aperitif with friends. However, the reinforced curfew is still a way out. If it slows down the progression of the epidemic, it is not sure that it will allow us to avoid a new outbreak.


In this case, Prime Minister Jean Castex warned that he would not hesitate to draw the ultimate weapon: containment. A remedy that the executive would be careful not to administer as it can cause serious damage to the economy and employment. Willingly or unwillingly, some fifteen European countries have decreed it. Luckily – thanks to good decisions taken in time, the government will object – we are not there yet.

🔹The bad news is that the ever so important so-called R index is going up in the country, the region and more importantly the departement. With a level of 1,29 in the Aude it clearly shows that the epidemic is gaining ground again. As a reminder, the R factor (Reproduction Rate) is a mathematical term which indicates how contagious an infectious disease is. If the number is <1, the disease is declining and will eventually die out.

🔹 As long as the epidemic is not defeated, the greatest vigilance of each and every one of us remain necessary to avoid spreading the virus. It is therefore advisable to continue to observe the barrier gestures and measures: wearing a mask, distancing, hydro-alcoholic gel, gatherings of less than 6 people (if at all).

🔹 Vaccinations report

The governement is keeping to the target of 1 Million by the end of January and added a target of 2,5 Million by the end of Feb. A target of 6.5 Million by the summer has also been communicated.

Cumulative v Target

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This week

Last week

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France

Actual v Dec. 15th Targets

To get rid of the “Week-End” effect it is worth looking the daily rolling 7 day average which clearly still shows a slow but steady increase in the data.

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Occitanie

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Aude

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Number of PCR Tests

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Top 15 countries according to the daily number of new cases as of yesterday

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Just round the corner from us

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🔹 Road conditions

The usual speed traps and some closed and difficult roads due to snow.

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🔹Meteo

Could / should be colder at this time of year.

🔹 Vendée Globe

Half of the fleet is now racing back up the southern Atlantic Ocean

The fleet earlier today

A week ago at this time

You can follow the race with this link

🔹 Improve your French

Here is another unusual saying:

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🔹 Diet aperitifs: Salmon and spinach rolls in cream sauce

The recipe can be found here (in French)

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Latest from the crazy country

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🔹 Top countries according to the number of deaths (above 5.000)

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🔹Top Cases by country v population

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🔹 France follow-up

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🔹 Occitanie & Aude follow-up

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Glossary

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Local Confinement Daily – January 15th 2021

Day 77 of the second confinement period

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The comic book is being worked on


Another Great Classic The music was playing on my computer and this number came along. I noticed some slight differences with the LP / album version to find out it was a 1971 recording of a live performance in Pompeii. Great stuff.

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▫️ Here follows a short summary of the main points presented by the Prime Minister and his team during yesterday’s press conference.


⇢Curfew from 6 p.m. widespread all over the country from Saturday onwards and for a minimum of 2 weeks

⇢Tighter border controls:

From Monday, all travellers wishing to visit France from outside the European Union will have to present a negative test to Covid-19 before leaving. This is to cope with the emergence of new, potentially more contagious variants of the coronavirus. These people will also have to make a solemn commitment to isolate themselves for seven days once they arrive in France, and then to redo a second PCR test at the end of this period.


⇢The reinforced sanitary protocol in schools

⇢Resumption of tutorials at the university


⇢Immunisation extended to a new priority audience on Monday

The vaccination will be open “to people, whatever their age, presenting a pathology leading to a very high risk of a serious form of the disease” from Monday. This concerns some 800,000 people, Health Minister Olivier Véran said, including those treated for cancer, suffering from trisomy, severe kidney failure or having undergone an organ transplant.

Including people over 75 years of age, who will also be able to be vaccinated as of Monday, 6.4 million French people will then be called upon to be vaccinated, Olivier Véran added. They will be able to go to one of the “700 vaccination centres” that will be open from this date on the territory. To make an appointment, you will need to go to http://www.sante.fr or call 0800 009 110.


⇢Repayment of State-guaranteed loans deferred by one year for companies

⇢Aid to pay the fixed costs of certain closed businesses


⇢Reconfinement not ruled out

The Prime Minister warned that a third containment would be applied “without delay” in case of “strong epidemic degradation”, while stressing that the current situation “does not require” such a measure.

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▫️ Here are the current vaccination centres in the Aude departement

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  • Centre de vaccination – Maison medicale de garde de Lezignan Corbières15 Boulevard Pasteur, 11200 Lézignan-Corbières – 08 09 54 19 19

This what you get when you click on the link “Prendre rendez-vous” (make an appointment). It could not be easier. I just wish I was in the category allowed to be vaccinated. On the other hand I am quite happy not to be over 75 yet.

▫️Vaccinations report

New data has now been officially communicated

The governement is keeping to the target of 1 Million by the end of January and added a target of 2,5 Million by the end of Feb. A target of 6.5 Million by the summer has also been communicated.

Daily vaccinations
Percentage of the population vaccinated by region / territory
Cummulative v target which now includes the end of Feb target of 2.5 Million vaccinations

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▫️ Dakar Rally 2021

Some of today’s impressive photo / scenery from stage 11

There are 6 categories competing

Today is already the last day of the competition

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▫️Vendée Globe

Amazing to see that the top 5 are within 50 nautical miles of each other.

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France

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Actual v Original Targets for December 15th Targets

It is better to look at the 7 days rolling average which is still on an upward trend

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Occitanie

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Incidence rate is back in the Red

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Below is the table, as a reminder, of the main parameters

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Glossary

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Latest info on PCR Tests

On paper, more than half of the population has been tested

Not many tests yesterday for some unknow reason

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Meteo – A little bit milder in the coming days. Too early for spring though.

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🔹Top 15 (used to be 10) countries according to the new daily cases as of yesterday

Unusual hight numbers in Germany

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Improve your French

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🔹 Overseas titbits

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🔹Walks / Hikes

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Making plans for the coming weeks

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Pics from our Aude region in Occitanie

Bison Futé
Vigie Crues
Open Street Map

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Local Confinement Daily – January 14th 2021

Day 76 of the second confinement period

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The comic book is being worked on


Another Great Classic probably unknown to the non-French crowd. Hard to believe the number of hours I use to spend listening to their albums.

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▫️The government plans to return to national measures to control the health situation, at a time when the number of coronavirus cases has risen again in France and the variants of the virus are a cause for concern. While reconfinement will only be used as a last resort, the 6 p.m. curfew could be extended to all departments.

The Prime Minister will be holding a press conference later today to announce the latest measures to be taken.

6pm (CET)


▫️Sumptuous lenticular clouds formed in the Aude sky above Carcassonne and its surroundings on Tuesday evening. This was announced on the national news this lunchtime.

Anyone seen this?

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▫️Vaccinations report

New data has now been officially communicated

The governement is keeping to the target of 1 Million by the end of January (or so). Fingers crossed. At the current rate of 50.000 per day, the target might be met.

Daily vaccinations
Percentage of the population vaccinated by region / territory
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▫️ Dakar Rally 2021

Some of today’s impressive photo / scenery from stage 10

There are 6 categories competing

To me this picture during stage 10 says it all.

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▫️Vendée Globe

Quite a nice view I think.

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France

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Actual v Original Targets for December 15th Targets

It is better to look at the 7 days rolling average which is still on an upward trend

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Occitanie

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180,84

Incidence rate is back in the Red

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Below is the table, as a reminder, of the main parameters

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Glossary

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Latest info on PCR Tests

On paper, more than half of the population has been tested

Not many tests yesterday for some unknow reason

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Meteo – A little bit milder in the coming days

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🔹Top 15 (used to be 10) countries according to the new daily cases as of yesterday

Unusual hight numbers in Germany

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Improve your French

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🔹 Overseas titbits

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🇺🇸 There is so much insanity going on right now over the pond🇺🇸

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🔹Walks / Hikes

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Making plans for the coming weeks

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Pics from the region where we live

Aude Departement in France

Bison Futé
Vigie Crues
Open Street Map

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Local Confinement Daily – January 13th 2021

Day 75 of the second confinement period


The comic book is being worked on

The original pic was published in Hannover’s football team (called H96) monthly magazine because I am actually wearing one of their jackets.

Another Great Classic

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▫️Incidence rate for the country is reaching levels which should trigger a strict lockdown. The R0 number has not been updated since Jan 2nd and must be well over 1,0.

Arbitrations, expected at a health defense council on Wednesday, should be revealed Thursday by Jean Castex and Olivier Véran.


▫️Vaccinations – Next steps

As from January 14th,  the over-75s will in turn be able to benefit from the vaccine. To do so, you will have to register from Thursday on the internet.

The first step of the vaccination is to find the nearest centre. To do this, simply go to the “santé.fr” website and type in the address to see a list of centres. 

Then, the second step is to make an appointment. Either you go to the hospital’s website, or you call them directly, or a link takes you directly to an appointment booking platform.  The government has chosen three of them: the market leader Doctolib, 42 million French people have an account there, but also Maiia, and Keldoc. It is possible to go directly to the sites of the vaccination centres to choose a niche. 

On the internet, you will be offered several possibilities and it is up to you to choose. The appointment is 100% confirmed, there is no need to be called back. By going through Doctolib, you make an appointment directly for both doses.

(Doctolib was out of action yesterday… Overloaded maybe?)


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▫️Vaccinations report

New data has now been officially communicated

The number of vaccinations so far in France is improving slightly. The governement is keeping to the target of 1 Million by the end of January (or so). Fingers crossed. At the current rate of 50.000 per day, the target might be met.

Daily vaccinations
Cummulative v target

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▫️ Dakar Rally 2021

Some of today’s impressive photos / scenery from stage 9

There are 6 categories competing

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▫️Vendée Globe

Getting nearer to the equator. After the icy waters in the southern seas, it must be quite a relief.

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For my part, I have had enoough doses of the moron for the time being so I shall give it a rest for a while.

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France

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Actual v Original Targets for December 15th Targets

It is better to look at the 7 days rolling average which is still on the increase.

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Occitanie

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Incidence rate is back in the Red

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Below is the table, as a reminder, of the main parameters

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Glossary

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Latest info on PCR Tests

On paper, more than half of the population has been tested

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Meteo – A little bit milder in the coming days

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🔹Top 15 (used to be 10) countries according to the new daily cases as of yesterday

Unusual hight numbers in Germany

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Improve your French

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🔹 Overseas titbits

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🔹Walks / Hikes

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Making plans for the coming weeks

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Pics from the region where we live

Aude Departement in France

Bison Futé
Vigie Crues
Open Street Map

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Local Confinement Daily – January 12th 2021

Day 74 of the second confinement period


The comic book is being worked on


Another Great Classic The second record (45) I ever bought. I even tried to replicate the “rainbow” design on my crash helmet at the time. All this in 1968 I assume.

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▫️Collective immunity against Covid-19 will not be achieved “in 2021” although vaccines have begun to be distributed, warned WHO Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan, recalling the importance of continuing to apply protective measures to control the pandemic.


▫️ The data for the November 2020 total number deaths in France is now vailable (provisional) and it certainly shows an substantial increase compared to the previous two years.


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▫️Vaccinations report

New data has now been officially communicated

The number of vaccinations so far in France is improving slightly. The governement is keeping to the target of 1 Million by the end of January (or so). Fingers crossed.

Daily vaccinations
Cummulative v target

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▫️ Dakar Rally 2021

Some of today’s impressive photos / scenery from stage 7

There are 6 categories competing

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▫️Vendée Globe

Change of leader yesterday. It is amazing that after 43.610 km, the top 5 boats are within 100 km of each other. It is anybody’s guess as to whom will arrive 1st in “Les Sables d’Olonne.

Positions at 11am this morning

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Deranged Trump Orders Eric and Don, Jr., to Hand Out Flyers with His Tweets on Them

By Andy Borowitz

January 11, 2021

Photograph by Jeff Vinnick / Getty

WASHINGTON – Driven over the edge by his expulsion from Twitter, a deranged Donald J. Trump ordered his two adult sons to hand out flyers with his tweets on them.

The incident occurred at three o’clock Sunday morning, when Trump, wide awake and in a state of extreme agitation, had an idea for a tweet but no platform on which to broadcast it.

Wearing his bathrobe, he summoned his adult sons to the Oval Office and scrawled his tweet on a piece of paper with one of the Sharpies that had served him well in the past.

Reportedly, Trump then commanded Eric and Don, Jr., to go to the nearest copy shop and order ten thousand flyers containing his tweet to hand out on street corners.

According to Trump’s plan, supporters desiring to retweet his tweet would also go to copy shops and hand out flyers, a system he claimed was “better than Twitter.”

Witnesses to the early-morning meeting said that the two Trump sons left the Oval Office looking sullen and beleaguered.

“Only nine more days of this shit,” Eric Trump reportedly muttered.

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Actual v Original Targets for December 15th Targets

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Occitanie

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Incidence rate is back in the Red

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Below is the table, as a reminder, of the main parameters

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Glossary

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Latest info on PCR Tests

On paper, more than half of the population has been tested

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Meteo – A little bit milder in the coming days

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🔹Top 15 (used to be 10) countries according to the new daily cases as of yesterday

Unusual hight numbers in Germany

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Improve your French

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🔹 Overseas titbits

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🇺🇸 There is so much insanity going on right now over the pond🇺🇸

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🔹Walks / Hikes

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Making plans for the coming weeks

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Pics from the region where we live

Aude Departement in France

Bison Futé
Vigie Crues
Open Street Map

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Local Confinement Daily – January 11th 2021

Day 73 of the second confinement period


The comic book is being worked on


Another Great Classic One of the best songs from Serge Gainsbourg

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▫️This is a decisive week for the executive, which, in view of the forthcoming news on the evolution of the epidemic, may have to take new restrictions. First of all, the health consequences of the Christmas and New Year celebrations, which took place more than a fortnight ago, will soon be known. While the number of infections and the rate of positive tests has been increasing in recent days, the indicators should show clearly from the beginning of this week whether family gatherings have had an aggravating effect on the epidemic.


▫️ After Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna‘s vaccine has just been authorised by the French health authorities. A delivery of the first 50,000 doses is expected on Monday.


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▫️Vaccinations report

No new data has been communicated yet for yesterday

The number of vaccinations so far in France is fairly small but improving. The governement is keeping to the target of 1 Million by the end of January (or so). Fingers crossed.

Daily vaccinations
Cummulative v target

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▫️ Dakar Rally 2021

Some of today’s impressive photos / scenery from stage 7

There are 6 categories competing

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▫️Vendée Globe

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Got to make the most of it, only a few days left

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Got to look for another character in 9 days

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France

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Actual v Original Targets for December 15th Targets

It is better to look at the 7 days rolling average which is still on the increase.

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Occitanie

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Incidence rate is back in the Red

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Below is the table, as a reminder, of the main parameters

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Glossary

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Latest info on PCR Tests

On paper, more than half of the population has been tested

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Meteo – Simply cold

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🔹Top 15 (used to be 10) countries according to the new daily cases as of yesterday

Unusual hight numbers in Germany

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Improve your French

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🔹 Overseas titbits

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🔹Walks / Hikes

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Making plans for the coming weeks

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Pics from the region where we live

Aude Departement in France

Bison Futé
Vigie Crues
Open Street Map

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Local Confinement Daily – January 10th 2021

Day 72 of the second confinement period


The comic book is being worked on


Another Great Classic There was on Friday night on ARTE television a documentary on Eric Clapton followed by a concert from 2005 in the Albert Hall, London. Well worth a watch if yoou like music. Being on ARTE, you can get the commentary in German if this is your prefered language to French. Here is the link (click here for German) for the TV program. The concert can be found here. The 1st piece is enough to send shivers down my spine. Blues at its best.

Black Magic Woman

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▫️Normally and for the past week or so, the daily vaccinations data is released by the Health Ministry every evening by 9pm. No such luck yesterday and I even cannot access the ministry’s web site this morning. I wonder what is going on.


▫️ Curfew

The list of the eight new departments under tightened curfews from 6 p.m. is now known after successive announcements on Saturday 9 January. The Bouches-du-Rhône, Cher, Côte-d’Or, Allier, Haut-Rhin and Var joined Bas-Rhin and Vaucluse, already officially announced on Friday. In the afternoon, the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, had confirmed that the curfew would be brought forward in eight new departments. It will come into force from Sunday 10 January, except in the Var, where it will be Tuesday 12 January.



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It is snowing all around us. If you want tp gp to the mountains, you’ll eed the right equipment on your car.

La route des Angles this morning

▫️ Toulouse-Blagnac: Ryanair soon to return with 15 Spring-Summer destinations

At Toulouse-Blagnac airport, it will soon be the return of Ryanair, which will reopen on March 28th its Toulouse-Blagnac base which was totally closed this winter. Already on the programme: about fifteen destinations in 10 countries: Belgium, Germany, Spain, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Morocco, Portugal and the United Kingdom.

Here are the details of this Spring-Summer 2021 programme:

⇢Alicante (2 flights per week, Monday and Friday);
⇢Athens (Tuesday and Saturday);
⇢Berlin-Brandenburg (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday);
⇢Brussels-Charleroi (daily flights);
⇢Dublin (daily flights);
⇢Edinburgh (Monday and Friday) :
⇢Fez (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) ;
⇢Lisbon (daily flights);
⇢London-Stansted (daily flights);
⇢Malta (Thursday and Sunday);
⇢Marrakech (Monday and Thursday);
⇢Naples (Wednesday and Sunday);
⇢Palermo (Monday and Friday);
⇢Palma de Mallorca (Monday and Friday);
⇢Seville (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday).


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▫️Vaccinations report

No new data has been communicated yesterday

The number of vaccinations so far in France is fairly small but improving. The governement is keeping to the target of 1 Million by the end of January (or so). Fingers crossed.

Daily vaccinations
Cummulative

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▫️ The United States suspends customs reprisals against France

These 25% taxes, which were to affect $1.3 billion in annual imports, were decided in response to Paris’ decision to tax certain American digital companies such as Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon. They were to take effect on Wednesday. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, their suspension will allow the United States to engage in a targeted response.

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▫️ Dakar Rally 2021

Some of today’s impressive photos / scenery from stage 4

There are 6 categories competing

Yesterday was rest day, so here are the standings so far

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▫️Vendée Globe

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Got to make the most of it, only a few days left

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France

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Actual v Original Targets for December 15th Targets

It is better to look at the 7 days rolling average which is still on the increase.

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Occitanie

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Incidence rate is back in the Red

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Below is the table, as a reminder, of the main parameters

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Glossary

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Latest info on PCR Tests

On paper, more than half of the population has been tested

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Meteo – Nice and wet today

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🔹Top 10 countries according to the new daily cases as of yesterday

Unusual hight numbers in Germany

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Improve your French

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🔹 Overseas titbits

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🔹Walks / Hikes

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Making plans for the coming weeks

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Pics from the region where we live

Aude Departement in France

Bison Futé
Vigie Crues
Open Street Map

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Confinement Weekly – January 9th 2021

Day 296 overall & 71st day of the 2nd confinement phase

A long time ago

Very early 70’s

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Dashboards▫️ Pic of the day▫️ Info & News

Food & Drink▫️ Fun bits ▫️ Statistics

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▫️Yesterday, the epidemic caused 281 new deaths in France. 19,814 new contaminations were recorded in 24 hours. Due to family gatherings during the holiday season, added to the incubation period, the next two weeks look set to be decisive on the virus front. Restrictive measures could then be reinforced, while the weariness is there for many French people.

▫️By Sunday, decisions are to be taken on the extension of the curfew to 10 new departments from 6 p.m., which has already affected 15 other departments for a week.

🔹 Vaccinations: The official timetable

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Vaccination will be rolled out gradually, with priority given from 27 December 2020 and throughout January 2021 to those most vulnerable to the virus and most likely to develop serious forms of the disease. These are :

▫️elderly people in institutions: residential establishments for dependent elderly people (Ehpad), long-term care units (USLD), independent residences, senior citizens’ service residences;
▫️staff working in these establishments when they are at risk of developing a serious form of Covid-19 ;
▫️professionals in the health and medico-social sectors, firefighters and home helps aged 50 and over and/or with co-morbidities;
▫️people with disabilities living in specialised institutions and their staff aged 50 and over and/or with co-morbidities;
▫️people aged 75 and over living at home from 18 January 2021. Appointments in vaccination centres will be made by telephone and via the internet from 14 January 2021.


The aim is to vaccinate 1 million people by the end of January.

🔸In a second step :

Vaccination will be extended from the end of February-early March 2021 to people aged 65 to 74.

I guess this is my group

🔸In a third phase :

Vaccination will be open to all from spring 2021 and will continue throughout the year, starting with :

▫️people aged between 50 and 64 years old;
▫️professionals in sectors essential to the functioning of the country during an epidemic period (security, education, food);
▫️vulnerable and precarious people and the professionals who care for them;
▫️people living in confined accommodation or enclosed spaces;
▫️then the rest of the adult population.


🔹 Vaccins: Info from a surgeon friend of Tony (to avoid confusion, it is Tony Lloyd married to Julia)

The 6 or 8 or 12 weeks interval between vaccines is not yet approved in France

“A number of people have asked me about the vaccines in the last 4 weeks, particularly in the last week since the guidance on dose intervals has changed: the 4 chief medical officers now recommend that the vaccines are not given at a 4 week interval now, rather they are given 8 to 12 weeks spaced apart.This is good news in a number of ways. The most important practical thing is that there are only a limited number of vaccines available to give, so from the start of December whenever anyone got a vaccination, their second dose had to be put aside to give to them a month later. Now we can use those ‘second doses’ to vaccinate more people for the first time – more people vaccinated at all is a good thing.Vaccines work by generating an immune response to a foreign antigen, in this case COVID proteins (either generated by transcribing injected mRNA, or spliced onto some simian adenovirus), leading to production of antibodies (easy to measure) and memory T cells (hard to measure). After the first vaccine shot there are detectable antibodies at 28 days – the table below is from the UK Govt website (https://www.gov.uk/…/information-for-healthcare…) – the figure is 7,000-8,000 if you care about the numbers. This is comparable to the figures found in people who have had COVID. 28 days after the second shot there are more detectable antibodies – more than 20,000. But if you look at the table, the response actually goes up the longer the interval between the vaccinations: 22k at < 6 week interval; 24k 6-8 weeks; 34k 9-11 weeks; and 63k when the interval is ≥ 12 weeks. There’s a rationale for this – the complete immune response is probably not complete until 6 weeks post vaccination; the simian adenovirus vector generates an immune response too, but it wanes so leaving the second vaccination longer means less simian adenovirus antibody, so more exposure to the vaccine, and a bigger COVID antibody response. Longer dosing schedules lead to improved responses in other forms of vaccine too. The graphs below show that flu and ebola vaccinations generate better antibody responses when given at longer intervals, using a variety of vaccination mechanisms, not just adenovirus vectoring. So although we only have the longer dose interval data for the Oxford/AZ vaccine, not the Pfizer vaccine, there isn’t a very good rationale for why the response would be any different.So is the 7k-8k of antibodies after the first injection “enough”. The next graph shows the difference between getting one placebo vaccination and one actual vaccination, in terms of getting COVID – the lines diverge between 7 and 14 days, suggesting that however many antibodies, or T cells, or whatever bit of the immune system is generated, it happens within those first 2 weeks.***The upshot of all this is, if you’ve had your first vaccine and have just found out that your second vaccine due next week has been postponed, it’s good news for someone else who is going to get that vaccine instead, and good news for you that you’ll probably be better protected from the booster by having it 8 to 12 weeks later, not 4.***(Here’s a great Twitter Thread about all of this from an actual vaccine researcher in Oxford – I have used a lot of his chat in here, you can read his thoughts directly here: https://twitter.com/sandyddouglas/status/1344949258483621888)Another recent change to the vaccination advice was that the vaccines *can* be given to people who have food and other allergies. This is another good thing, allowing more people access to the vaccines.The list of ingredients in the vaccines is very small. The Ox/AZ vaccine has the viral component, then the list of excipients below. L-Histidine is an amino acid, we get it from food, and need it for nerve function. Polysorbate 80 is a plant based surfactant and emulsifier. Ethanol is an alcohol. Sucrose is a sugar. Sodum chloride is table salt. Disodium edetate dehydrate (EDTA) is a chelating agent (it pulls metals out of solution), is found in food, and is at such a low level in this vaccine (less than 1mmol per dose) that it is considered essentially sodium free. Certainly nothing toxic, nothing dangerous, and nothing that hasn’t been used before in injectable form.Other key vaccine snippets:Both of the vaccines simply present SARS-CoV-2 proteins to the immune system. There is no live (or dead) virus within either vaccine.Neither can possibly give the recipient COVID.The Pfizer vaccine contains mRNA: it does not, and cannot, alter host DNA.Will the vaccine protect us against new strains? Most likely. The protein antigen in the vaccine is large (in terms of proteins, at least) – the mutations are in only small areas of this large protein. The immune system generates antibodies against lots of parts of the protein, not just the bits that have not been mutated. A good analogy is this – you can recognise your best friend whether they are wearing a hat, or not; the immune system, once primed with the vaccine, will recognise SARS-CoV-2 proteins, just not the bits wearing the hat.The messages from colleagues in the larger cities in the UK, particularly London, are that there has been an exponential increase in cases and admissions to hospitals. Some London hospitals report there are more patients with COVID that with everything else put together, and 94% of these are cases admitted from the community (only 6% have become COVID positive since being admitted with something else).What we can do about it is the same as we’ve been doing so well with over the last 8 months – face coverings, avoiding crowded places (particularly indoors), hand hygeine, social distancing, sticking with it. People infected can be infectious before having symptoms, so don’t assume you or anyone else doesn’t have it. The vaccine roll out has started, and is accelerating, helped by the new dosing schedule, but we have to dig in and stay the course until there’s enough vaccination done. That will take many months, but it will happen. Time to double down.”

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Targets for December 15th

To get rid of the “Week-End” effect it is worth looking the daily rolling 7 day average which clearly still shows a slow but steady increase in the figures. In fact the increase over the past month is just over 50%.

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🔹 Road conditions

The usual speed traps and some closed roads due to snow.

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Not a very inviting day to go o ut..

🔹 Vendée Globe

Half of the fleet is now racing back up the southern Atlantic Ocean

Earlier today

A week ago at this time

You can follow the race with this link

🔹 Improve your French

Here is another unusual saying:

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Local Confinement Daily – January 8th 2021

Day 70 of the second confinement period


The comic book is being worked on


Another Classic which brings back a lot of memories and in particular a night club called Tropicana by the beach in “Le Rayol – Canadel sur Mer” – The year 1968.

Black Magic Woman

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▫️ARS: Regional Health Agency. The director general of the Occitania agency confirmed the day before yesterday that the department of Aude would have 10,000 doses of vaccine available as of Thursday, January 7.

▫️ Announcements made yesterday by the Prime Minister

⇢ Sports facilities and cultural venues: no reopening in sight. “All activities and facilities closed today will remain closed until the end of this month”.

⇢ No reopening of bars and restaurants before mid-February.

⇢ No reopening of the ski lifts. In the ski resorts, the ski lifts will not reopen on Thursday, as initially planned.

⇢ Before considering a reopening of the cultural and sports establishments at the beginning of February, a new checkpoint is planned for 20 January.

⇢ Curfew from 8pm* till 6am extended till the end of the month.

* 6pm is still in force for 15 “departements”

A further 10 “departements” (Haut-Rhin, le Bas-Rhin, la Côte-d’Or, l’Yonne, le Cher, l’Allier, la Haute-Savoie, les Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, le Vaucluse et les Bouches-du-Rhône) are also under consideration to enforce a 6pm curfew. Decision due later today.

⇢ The border with the UK will remain closed for the time being

⇢ Simplified and immediate work stoppages in the event of symptoms or contact cases

⇢ Simplified vaccination procedures
Vaccination procedures “will be lightened for the less fragile people”, announced the Prime Minister, after criticism of the slow start of the vaccination plan. Before vaccination, “if you are 75 years old or older, you are free to consult your doctor, but it is not an obligation”, Olivier Véran explained. On the spot, a carer will simply ask a few questions to make sure the vaccination is possible. It will also be possible to see a doctor on site or go directly to the vaccination stage.

⇢ Soon 600 vaccination centres open
In order to be able to vaccinate people over 75 years of age who are not residents of establishments, vaccination centres will be opened in France. One vaccination centre per department is already open, according to the government. “From next Monday, there will be 300, then 600 at the end of January”.

▫️ Carnaval de Limoux