Living through a pandemic
in the south of France
403 days since the 1st lockdown in March 2020
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The situation of the epidemic in the region, in the Aude and the Pyrénées-Orientales this Sunday according to the figures of Santé publique France.
In the Aude, this Sunday evening, 154 people are hospitalized (8 more than Saturday): 78 in conventional hospitalization (+7), 21 in intensive care (-1), 54 in follow-up care or long-term care (+2 compared to Saturday) and 1 in other structures.
1 additional death was recorded on Sunday. In total, 330 people have died from Covid in the department.
In the Pyrénées-Orientales, 166 patients are hospitalized this Sunday (+1 in 24 h): 81 in conventional hospitalization (+1), 27 in intensive care (the same total as Saturday), 56 in follow-up or long-term care (as much as Saturday) and 2 in other structures.
No additional deaths were reported in the Pyrénées-Orientales on Sunday. The department counts 283 victims of Covid.
In the Occitanie region, this Sunday evening, 1872 people are hospitalized because of the Covid (+19 in 24 hours): 975 in conventional hospitalization (+24), 402 in intensive care (-8), 481 in follow-up or long-term care (as much as Saturday) and 14 in other sectors (+3).
In total, 4074 inhabitants of the Occitanie region have died from Covid-19, including 17 in the last 24 hours.
● Covid-19: are the South African and Brazilian variants really “trending backwards”?
(© Le Parisien – Translation © J2S)
Firm but rather reassuring. Jean Castex went to Roissy airport this Sunday morning, the day after the mandatory ten-day quarantine came into effect for arrivals from five countries (Brazil, Chile, Argentina, South Africa, India) and Guyana. The government wants to prevent the so-called “South African” and “Brazilian” variants of SARS-CoV-2 from circulating further on French soil.
“All precautions are being taken” with regard to travellers, the Prime Minister guaranteed, before indicating that these two strains had “a tendency to regress”. “A risk of extension of the Brazilian P1 variant must be taken into account during the summer of 2021,” warned the Scientific Council in its latest opinion, sent to the government on 16 April and made public two days later.
What Jean Castex said
“We have begun the battle against variants, which are a threat against which we must protect ourselves,” insisted the Prime Minister in a brief statement to the cameras. According to him, “the variants, notably South African and Brazilian, are not only very few in number on the national territory, but have even tended to decrease in recent weeks”. Before insisting on the importance of the new measures and vaccination: “It is imperative to hold this line. “
What the figures say
These two variants 20H/501Y. V2 and 20J/501Y. V3 (or P1), known as ‘South African’ and ‘Brazilian’, are among the four most closely monitored variants because of their characteristics. Both escape immunity conferred by vaccination or by a previous infection, report Santé publique France and the National Reference Centre for Respiratory Infections in their latest analysis published on Friday.
These two variants are tracked together during the “screening” of positive tests because a common mutation is sought. Their share among all samples screened in France has always remained fairly low, at around 5%, according to data from Santé publique France. From mid-March to mid-April, it even fell from 5% to less than 4%.
However, for more than a week, this proportion has been increasing again. 4.7% of positive tests screened are now linked to one or other of these two variants, compared to 3.8% nine days earlier. This proportion is still low, as Jean Castex points out, but the increase is continuous day after day. So we can no longer talk about a downward trend.
After an exceptional Vendée Globe in monohulls, which overshadowed the big Ultim multihulls, the latter are trying to regain their place in ocean racing. Armel Le Cléac’h is launching his new “Banque Populaire XI” on 27th April.
I might go and see the boat in Lorient in June when I am supposed to go to Brittany
Only for Roger Waters (ex Pink Floyd) fans. I spent a major part of last evening listening with headphones 🎧 to this and other concerts from Mr Waters. Nice video too.
Today, in the afternoon, the weather in Carcassonne will be light drizzle showers. As for the temperature, we should expect a maximum of 17°C for 17°C felt. The wind in Carcassonne will be east-south-east with a maximum speed of 30km/h. As for rainfall, beware of the possible risk of rain with a rainfall of 0.3 mm. The humidity will be around 51%.
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