Local Confinement Daily – December 16th 2020

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Day 47 of the second confinement & 9 days left till 🌲Christmas 🌲

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▫️Vaccine

Things are speeding up. The 27 states of the EU will be able to “start on the same day” their vaccination campaigns against Covid-19, as soon as the European regulator gives the green light to the treatment developed by Pfizer-BioNTech, announced Wednesday December 16 the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. In a week’s time, the first vaccine will be authorized, so vaccinations can begin immediately (…) This is a huge task,” the German leader told the European Parliament.

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No one is immune, carry on being vigilant

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Be very cautious with your Christmas & Year End plans! Try not to meet people.

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The daily Christmas song (#9)

For the last 10 songs, we should stick to favorites

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Thank you Sheena and Mark for this one

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This is making the headlines in the UK apparently. Here in France there are basically not reporting on Brexit.

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France

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Original Targets for December 15th

The number of new daily cases is simply not going down

The usual weekend effect is reflected by the Monday low data

The rolling daily average over a week really shows absolutely no improvements

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Occitanie

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59,56

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

Since December 8th, in addition to the results of PCR tests, the results of antigenic tests have been used to produce national and territorial epidemiological indicators (incidence rate, positivity rate and screening rate).

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Meteo – It does not look promising for a trip to the sea as originally foreseen. Not before Saturday in any case.

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🔹Recommendations for the festivities

The objective is to limit as much as possible the risks of contamination for the people who will celebrate the end of the year celebrations together with members from outside their home (with whom they have not confined themselves). The families will be able to get together on December 24, 2020 by taking a certain number of precautions:

▫️Organize the festivities beforehand in order to anticipate all situations
▫️Isolate themselves or limit contact during the week preceding the reunion
▫️Avoid joining the family in case of risky contacts or symptoms
▫️Respect the sanitary rules: wash your hands regularly, keep as much distance as possible, wear a mask, clean the surfaces touched by everyone (furniture, door handles…)
▫️Ventilate interior spaces for 10 minutes every hour (ventilation time depends on the volume of the room and air renewal)
▫️Adapt the table plan for the meal, with a gauge of 6 adults maximum (not including children), spacing the guests with a greater distance for people at greater risk because of their age or comorbidities
▫️Wear the mask until it is time to eat, then put it back on to continue talking between courses and at the end of the meal
▫️Avoid sharing objects: for example, put spikes on toast to avoid taking it with your hand, do not pass the dishes but prefer to be served by one person
▫️Do not kiss when sharing gifts, keep your distance and wash your hands after opening the packages
▫️Reduce the time spent together and go outside when possible;
▫️Use the TousAntiCovid application to find out if you have been in contact with sick people.

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🔹Step by step guide to the US presidential elections.

It is not over yet.

▪️November 3 – Election Day ✔️

While many millions of Americans cast their ballots in the weeks leading up to Election Day, either by mail or as an in-person absentee voter, US law says Election Day occurs on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Votes were counted across the country on Election Day.

▪️November 4 – November 23Votes were counted ✔️

Mail-in ballots had to be postmarked by November 3 in every US state, but they could be received later and still be counted in many states.

▪️November 10 – December 11States certify election results ✔️

Each state does it a little bit differently, but starting a week after Election Day, state governments began to certify their election results. Georgia certified its results three times, following a full audit and a recount requested by President Donald Trump’s campaign.

▪️December 8“Safe harbor” to determine election results and assign electors ✔️

Under the Electoral Count Act, this was the date by which states are meant to have counted votes, settled disputes, and determined the winner of their Electoral College votes. Governors created certificates of ascertainment listing the winner of the election and the slate of electors, and those results are shielded from further challenge.

▪️December 14Electoral votes cast ✔️

In law, this date is the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December. This year that falls on December 14. Electors met in their respective states and cast paper ballots for US President. The results will be tabulated, signed, sealed and sent by registered mail to the vice president in Washington. Many states have laws requiring their electors to support the winner of their state’s election.

▪️December 23Electoral votes must arrive in Washington [OPEN]

The certified electoral votes have nine days to get from their states to Capitol Hill.

▪️January 3New Congress is sworn in [OPEN]

Members of the House and new members of the Senate take the oath of office at noon. This is the official start of the 117th Congress. However, Georgia’s two Senate seats will remain unfilled until after a runoff election scheduled for January 5.

▪️January 6Electoral votes counted in Congress [OPEN]

Members of the House and the Senate will meet in the House chamber. The President of the Senate — that’s Vice President Mike Pence — will preside over the session and the electoral votes will be read and counted in alphabetical order by two appointees each from the House and Senate. They will then give their tallies to Pence, who will announce the results and listen for objections.

If there are objections, the House and Senate consider them separately to decide how to count those votes.

There are 538 electoral votes — one for each congressman and senator plus three for Washington, DC. If no candidate gets to a majority — that’s 270 — then the 435 members of the House decide the election. Each state gets a vote. So while there are more Democrats in the House, Republicans, as of now, control more state delegations, so it is possible the House could pick Donald Trump even though there is a Democratic majority.

The House has until noon on January 20 to pick the President. If they can’t, it would be the vice president or the next person eligible in the line of presidential succession.

▪️January 20Inauguration Day [OPEN]

A new president takes the oath of office at noon. If the President-elect dies between Election Day and Inauguration, the vice president-elect takes the oath of office and becomes President. In a disputed election, if the House has not chosen a President but the Senate has chosen a vice president, the vice president-elect becomes acting president until the House makes a choice. And if there’s no president-elect and no vice president-elect, the House appoints a president until one is chosen.

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🔹 Top 10 countries according to new daily cases (yesterday)

Status of 2 days ago

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🔹 Improve your French

Here is another unusual saying:

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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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Stayed at home yesterday with the exception to quick trip in the car to the local glass workshop to get a replacement mirror fitted to a frame.

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