Weekly Post – April 3rd

Living through a pandemic

in the south of France

381 days in Carcassonne since

1st lockdown in March 2020

▫️ DAILY AND WEEKLY STATISTICS HERE .

▫️ Last day of relative freedom. The 3rd confinement period is starting this evening even if a certain relaxation of the travel rules is expected for this Easter weekend. Inter regional travel will be allowed till Monday evening giving the chance for some to leave towns for the next 4 weeks.

For me, the worse is the maximum 10km rule. I shall have to find possible walks within that radius.

▫️ POLICE

In the Aude department, the police officers of the prefecture city are the most affected by the wave of coronavirus that is sweeping through the services. Overall, according to the figures communicated by the police unions, 17 positive cases are currently recorded among police officers in the Aude, as well as around thirty placed in isolation because they are considered to be Covid risk cases.

▫️ SELF-TESTS

Self-tests for Covid-19 will be available in pharmacies from 12 April, Health Minister Olivier Véran announced on Friday in an interview with online media outlet Brut. “It will be a useful complement” to other methods, he said. These medical devices, which allow people to test themselves at home with a result in 30 minutes, will not be available in supermarkets, the minister said.

▫️ NEW VARIANT

A new variant has been idenfied in India and immediately indexed by my friend Gérard. It is quite a thorny one.

▫️ GREEN CERTIFICATE

Don’t say “vaccine passport” anymore but “green certificate”. The EU Commission has given itself until June to develop a “green certificate” for travel, and perhaps more depending on the country.

▫️ STORK NEWS

And another egg appeared making it 5.

https://www.sarralbe.fr/webcam.html

▫️ FRENCH

So you want to buy a pencil… How do you actually call it in France?

Crayon de bois, Crayon gris, Crayon, Crayon à papier, Crayon papier, Crayon de papier, Crayon de mine?

I personally grew up with “crayon de mine”.

▫️ MUSIC OF 1969

Another #1 in France at that time. Extremely popular.

But also from 1969 one simply cannot ignore this very appropriately named & timed master piece – April

🎶 / 🎶 / 🎶

▫️ FOOD & DRINKS

Seasonal fruits and vegetables (in French but with pics)

✏️ ✏️ ✏️

▫️ SATIRE

▫️ NEWS FROM ACROSS THE POND 🇺🇸

▫️ FUN

For any dog lover/hater or to be more precise dog’s mess. A must listen.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000tcpb

▫️ WEATHER

A few pleasant days in front of us. However temperatures will drop down mid-week. Frost possible at night? Hope not, just planted loads in the garden.


▫️ WALK

Excellent walk yesterday from Leucate. Got to make the most of it till this evening and the start of the confinemnt within a 10km radius.

More details here.

▫️ SOME LINKS I LIKE TO USE

Bison Futé
Vigie Crues
Open Street Map

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