Daily Post – July 8th

Living through a pandemic

in the south of France

474 days in Carcassonne since

1st lockdown in March 2020

DAILY STATISTICS HERE

▫️ VERY MOBILE NEWS DESK

✏️ New cases – Worrying rebound in Paris. The incidence rate has doubled in one week in the capital and now stands at 54.2. An increase in cases which particularly concerns young adults, and which should be a warning signal according to the Regional Health Agency.

✏️ Aude departement – Despite the increase of new daily cases, the situation in the “departement” is stable and in fact still slightly improving. In fact as of yesterday, there was no one left in Intensive Care (Covid-19 related) in the whole departement and there were only 25 persons hospitalised.

✏️ Delta variant

Here follows a map showing the rate of the Delta variant for new tests / cases by departement.

✏️ Concern is growing around the world. Israel fears that the vaccine is less effective against the Delta variant, while Catalonia is reimposing measures to deal with the renewed epidemic, causing concern among French people who were planning to travel there this summer. The situation is also alarming in Africa, where a record number of infections have been recorded. For his part, Boris Johnson maintains, despite the progression of the Delta variant, his decision to lift the obligation to wear a mask on 19 July, while the WHO is concerned about the premature return to normal in many countries. We take stock of the measures, country by country.

✏️ The price of tests, country by country. From a few dozen to more than 100 or even 200 euros, the prices of PCR and antigenic tests can vary greatly depending on the country in the European Union. Hint: if you don’t want to break the bank, opt for antigenic tests. Let’s recap. Free testing for tourists visiting France is over. From 7 July, they will be charged 49 euros for PCR tests and 29 euros for antigenic tests.

📖 TOUR DE FRANCE

A lot of the roads are already marked as closing down to normal traffic. It will be chaos in town.

▫️ QUOTE

“I’m sure the universe is full of intelligent life. It’s just been too intelligent to come here.”

– Arthur C. Clarke

▫️ FUN

▫️ TRAVEL NEWS

Due to the increase of the Delta variant, the government issued today a warning and strongly recommends not to go to Spain & Portugal for the time being.

No new items on the Travel Page

▫️   MUSIC

▫️   SATIRE

▫️ NEWS FROM ACROSS THE POND 🇺🇸

▫️  ADDITIONAL READS FOR TODAY

✏️ At least 150 people fatally shot in more than 400 shootings over the Fourth of July weekend  Don’t you love America?

✏️ Astronomers Discover a Supra-Massive Black Hole Population in a “Fluffy” Star Cluster in Our Galaxy 

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