April 15th 2020

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⚜️ Day 30 ⚜️

Stardate 97888.21 🖖

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There has been a lot of discussions and political controversies in the past 24 hours following the speech from President E.Macron. I think that the real point point which obviously has not been understood by all is that May 11th is a target date to start a gradual de-confinement. Target date and gradual are the operative words. It is important to bear this in mind. This is based on today’s calculated evolution of the pandemic. Mathematic models abound. Who is at risk? Some figures indicate that men from the age of 50 and women from the age of 60 show an exponential death rate, increasing with age,  compared to the rest of the population. That does not take into account any pre-condition (Diabetes, lung and heart disease etc.) which have a very negative effect.

I personally know that I am at risk and I shall not be allowed to go out as from May 11th which does not really upset me as I do not wish to venture out until I am satisfied that the risks are very low.

The whole issue is complicated by the fact it would, in theory,  be against the French Constitution to not allow free movement for a certain group of persons. I am sure that a lot of lawyers (if they are not on strike) will fight this out. For my part I think common sense should and must prevail.


The daily DB

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France

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Number of cases + Hospitalised + Reanimation = Number of cases in statistics below.

 


Information & News

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▶︎ Carcassonne Festival

13:00 News flash

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The town cancels the 1st half of the Festival till the 14th of July included (probably could mean no firework but that is not explicitly said)

 

“Following Monday’s address by the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron and the ensuing government measures, we regret that we have to cancel the first performances of the Carcassonne 2020 Festival until 14 July inclusive.
We are awaiting the forthcoming government directives concerning the 2nd part of July and the measures that will be taken for the events in terms of reception of the public, security and maximum capacity in terms of number of authorised spectators.
At the present time, it is too early to pronounce on a total cancellation of the Carcassonne 2020 Festival. What is certain is that we will not put the people of Carcassonne, spectators and Festival teams at risk. We are therefore waiting for more precise information and we will of course keep you informed as soon as possible of the chosen decision.”

The terms and conditions for the reimbursement of tickets will be published as of Wednesday, April 22, 2020 on the festival’s website festivaldecarcassonne.fr

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10:00 am

The Town Hall is “waiting for details on the after 15 July” before deciding what will become of the 2020 Festival. Last night, no official decision had been announced yet, and of course, it will not take place in the planned form. Scheduled from 1 July (open-air opera with Madame Butterfly) to 1 August (for Patrick Bruel’s second concert), the Carcassonne 2020 Festival is directly affected by the small sentence in the presidential speech on Monday evening, cancelling the Festivals “until mid-July”.

“There are some details missing which we don’t have, especially for the period after 15 July, and which must be the subject of circulars within 15 days,” replied the mayor’s office, Gérard Larrat, who added that the mayor “has asked his executives and staff to contact the ministries for further details. The mayor is not under much illusion on a personal basis,” however, admits his chief of staff, who for the moment refuses to confirm or deny the cancellation.

▶︎ The forbidden City

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▶︎ Ne sortez pas

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There is an interesting French Web Site called “Ne Sortez Pas” (Do no go out) which lists all links which are free during the containment period. There are a few interesting links on music, film etc.

▶︎ More news to appear during the day in case of new development.


Recipes

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▶︎ No new recipe today after the 4 which were published yesterday. Instead I have a short video on a cooking show.

▶︎ The list of recipes we have gathered so far is as follows:

  • Gin & Tonic
  • Muffin Banana & Raspberry
  • Baked Red Peppers
  • Breast of Duck French Style
  • Chorizo, Red Peppers & Butter Beans
  • Dahl
  • Gougères
  • Italian Meatballs
  • Kung Pao Chicken
  • Parsee Red Chicken Curry
  • Phool Gobi Aaloo
  • Pork Tenderloin
  • Thai Red Curry
  • Tuna Pie
  •  Traditional Bread Pudding
  • Mango Chutney
  • Matzah Montecaos
  • Pepper Sauce
  • Shallots in a Redcurrant Sauce

Keep them coming but more importantly do try them out


Fun

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The dreaded Statistics

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

Tuesday April 14th 2020

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Monday April 13th 2020

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2. International Statistics: Percentage increase of deaths from one day to the other: 

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3. International Statistics: Cases by country v population (1.000 cases or more only)

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4. National Statistics: France

See Dashboard at the top of the post

(Daily evolution curve will follow soon)

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5.  Regional Statistics: Occitanie & Aude  

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