Confinement – Day 23

Day 2 of the 4th week of confinement in France


Wednesday April 8th 2020


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There is a big increase in the numbers of deaths in France over the past 24 hours. This is mainly due to the incoming statistics from the Ehpads (Old people homes) which accounted for over 800 out of the 1,400+ increase. There is no sign that the peak has been reached yet. Therefore additional confinement measures are being considered and indeed taken in some towns at the initiative of the local mayors or regional powers to be. For instance sport / jogging in Paris is no longer allowed between 10am and 7pm. There are simply still too many people on the street.

There are still a lot of debates and arguments pro or con confinement. A few politicians (obviously no experts) are arguing the case of Sweden where there is no confinement. Statistics show that although the number is relatively small (550+), they have the highest percentage death rate versus the population in the Scandinavian countries. The comparison is very difficult in view of the population density in Sweden compared to other countries like France, UK, Germany. One should be very careful.

In the meantime in Occitanie, the curve of daily hospitalisation is still showing a downward trend. Be careful when reading the figures because a negative hospitalisation number like yesterday compared to the day is a simple calculation of people in hospital from one day to the other. There people who  are cured and released as well as deaths are included. I am trying to find a way to show the real new hospitalisations. Nevertheless it looks positive and it also means that currently the hospitals in the region are not completely overloaded as can be experienced in some other regions.

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►Information: Travel (see previous entry below)

In the meantime I have found the information which has now been posted on the governement site.

In the context of the implementation of the state of health emergency in France, access restrictions to Mainland France and to French Overseas territories are in effect. Every traveler is requested, from 8 April 2020, 12 AM, to fill out and carry one of the following travel certificates according to his situation :

  • for a trip from mainland France to French overseas territories
  • for an international travel from abroad to mainland France
  • for an international travel from abroad to French overseas territories

The document is to be presented to transportation companies before boarding, as well as to border control authorities.

The certificate of exemption are on the same government site.

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►Information: President

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Mr Macron will address the nation this coming Thursday at 8pm (TV &Radio)



►Information: Waste

If you are using gloves or masks and need to dispose of them there are a couple of rules in effect:

  1. Face masks and gloves must be disposed of in one of the black rubbish bags
  2. Only the masks and gloves must be in these bags
  3. The bags must be inserted in another black bag (double packing)
  4. The bags must be disposed in the green rubbish bins.

I do not suppose any of us are using that many if at all but it is important to know.

►Information: Travel

I have read in a newspaper that effective today a special certificate is needed for people intending to travel to France (for whatever reason) from abroad. I cannot at this stage find any confirmation on government sites. But effectively the borders are closed.

Saying that, there are still a few planes flying around. There are a lot of cargo planes of course but also quite a few passenger ones.

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BGA114D is one of the Airbus Beluga from Toulouse on its way to Chester to pick up bits (wings?)

►Information: Entertainment

For your information there is a program on TV this evening about Carcassonne. It might be worth having a look.

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►Fun bit: Recipe from Al


►Information: Fun fact

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Asterix and the Chariot Race (🇫🇷 Astérix et la Transitalique) , the 37th edition of the series released in 2017. It depicts Asterix battling his way across Italy in a chariot race against the Romans. Believe it or not, a character was actually named ‘Coronavirus’. He was the Italian hero and quite a nasty one and obviously lost despite a lot of cheating.



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►Information: As usual more to come during the day if available

☠️ The dreaded daily statistics 💀

► International Statistics: Top 10 countries according to the deaths count.

Tuesday April 7th

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Monday April 6th

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► Percentage increase of deaths from one day to the other:  

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► Regional Statistics: Occitanie & Aude  

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► Statistics: Percentage of cases by country v population (1.000 cases or more only)

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