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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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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