April 20th 2020

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⚜️ Day 35 ⚜️

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Here we are, the start of a new week and the last day of the 5th confinement week. As planned , the Prime Minister M. Edouard Philippe accompanied by the Health Minister and a couple of personalities held a press conference. It was calm, poised, professional and as expected outlined the principles of deconfinement. Final decisions will be taken and annouced in 2 weeks time at the latest.

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The headlines were as follows:

  • We’re gonna have to learn to live with the virus
  • Barrier gestures and social distancing will continue after May 11th
  • Wearing a mask may be “mandatory” in some places
  • There will be no widespread testing however there are 150,000 tests carried out per week in France, and that by 11 May the objective will be to be able to deploy 500,000 tests per week.
  • If you test positive, you’ll have the choice of home confinement (which will place strict conditions on you and your loved ones), or you can be confined to another place, such as a hotel, to avoid infecting others
  • Schools won’t open everywhere on May 11th
  • A “right of access” will be possible for people in old people’s homes (Ehpad)
  • Stocks of protective equipment and medicines are still critical
  • Health Minister calls for continuity of care. He expressed concern about the “decline in consultations” for reasons other than coronavirus, and reiterated the importance of continuing to consult, e.g. using teleconsultation.
  • Foreign trips or weddings this summer are “unreasonable”
  • Some shops & businesses wil re-open by May 11th but not bars and restaurants

There is so much details to be sorted out within the next couple of weeks, I do not know how it will be possible. Somehow I have lost the slight wave of optimism I had last week. Maybe it is the slow realisation that we are in it for a very long time. May 11th will not bring many changes.

The daily DB

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Slight increase at the weekend

Information & News

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▶︎ Impots / Taxes

Screen Shot 2020-04-20 at 10.04.58.pngToday is the first day you can do and post online your tax returns / earnings for 2019. I have actually used some of the confinement time to prepare it all so I am ready to do the necessary entries. If only the government site would let me in…. Rather annoying.

▶︎ Germany

Many stores reopen today in Germany, the first step in a long deconfinement operation. Food shops, bookstores, car dealerships… Most stores with a surface area of less than 800 square metres will be able to welcome customers again.

Most likely, more news to come but for now it is apéritif time


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We have 3 new recipes courtesy of Renia:

  1. Meatballs in Tomato Sauce
  2. Sweet Potato Falafel
  3. Italian Lentils and Aubergine 


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The daily toons

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The fun pics



The dreaded Statistics

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

Sunday April 19th 2020

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Saturday April 18th 2020

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

Sunday April 19th 2020

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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 also Dashboard at the top of the post

(Daily evolution curve will follow after a week’s worth of data)

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5.  Regional Statistics: Occitanie & Aude

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