Living through a pandemic
in the south of France
455 days in Carcassonne since
1st lockdown in March 2020
DAILY AND WEEKLY STATISTICS HERE .
First identified in India, the Delta variant, which is more contagious than other variants, is becoming the global majority, according to the World Health Organisation’s chief scientist.
The situation continues to improve in France. In intensive care units, the number of Covid patients is at its lowest since October. The mask is no longer compulsory outdoors since Thursday. To increase collective immunity and fight against the Delta variant, vaccination of adolescents is now possible, with the agreement of both parents.
The Covid pandemic has killed more than 3.8 million people worldwide since the end of December 2019. After the United States (600,653 deaths), the countries with the highest number of deaths remain Brazil (496,000) and India (383,404).
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The Delta variant of the coronavirus, initially detected in India and responsible in particular for a rebound of contaminations in the United Kingdom, remains a very “minority” in France, but is “increasing” in the surveillance data, Santé publique France announced on Friday 18 June in its weekly update.
According to Santé publique France (SPF), the Alpha variant (known as British) confirms, for the moment, its “predominance”, with 86.3% of the 1,723 samples sequenced during the “flash survey”, against 5.6% for the Beta variant (known as South African), 1.1% for the Gamma variant (known as Brazilian) and 1% for the Delta variant. Preliminary results of the flash survey, published last Friday, indicated 88% Alpha variant and 0.5% Delta variant.
▫️ TRAVEL NEWS
18/06: In contrast to the easing of health restrictions in several European countries, Portugal has decided to ban entry to and exit from the Lisbon area over the weekend.
18/06: France is now placed in a green zone by Romania. Travellers arriving from France are exempt from quarantine and no longer need to present a PCR test on arrival in Romania.
18/06: Germany has removed France from its list of travel risk areas. There is therefore no more quarantine.
18/06: Finland will open its borders to vaccinated people on 21 June.
▫️ TOUR DE FRANCE
There are reminders everywhere in town that the Tour de France is coming again.
220 KM STAGE NÎMES > CARCASSONNE ON FRIDAY 9 JULY
184 KM STAGE CARCASSONNE > QUILLAN ON SATURDAY 10 JULY
▫️ MUSIC OF 1974
Back into Camel at the moment
🎶 / 🎶 / 🎶
▫️ FOOD & DRINKS
Britain’s Top 10 Favorite Foods and Drinks
(quite different from us French)
▫️ NEWS FROM ACROSS THE POND 🇺🇸
▫️ THE FABULOUS FRIDAY (FUNNIES) GROANS from Paul
It looks like we might just escape the thunder storms which have been raging in the the South West of France for the past couple of days. Fingers crossed.