Daily Post – July 25th

Living through a pandemic

in the south of France

492 days in Carcassonne since

1st lockdown in March 2020



✏️ The prefecture’s update, drawn up this Friday evening, confirms the surge in the number of contaminations. The hospital situation is also tense.

With an incidence rate of more than 296 per 100,000 inhabitants, the Aude region has thus happily exceeded the alert threshold at the end of the week. And this index of the circulation of the virus has literally jumped: from about 50 before 14 July, it was established at 80 last week, then it had risen to 174 on Thursday to finally approach 300 at the beginning of the weekend.

The other indicators are on the rise. The rate of positivity has risen to 6.3% this week (compared to 2.5 last week), and the number of new contaminations is increasing very strongly. There are 959 new Covid positive cases this week compared to 88 last week, with 15,185 tests performed this week (compared to 12,754 last week).

Hospital impact
“The Delta variant is beginning to have repercussions on the hospital system in the Aude region,” notes the Aude prefecture in its weekly update. In hospitals, 34 people are hospitalised for Covid-19 (compared to 25 last week), including: 4 people in intensive care (compared to 2 last week), 19 patients in conventional beds (compared to 12 last week) and 11 patients in follow-up care and rehabilitation services (compared to 14 last week).

At this stage, there are no more deaths in old people’s homes linked to Covid 19. In hospitals, 368 Covid-related deaths have been recorded since the beginning of the epidemic.

“The Delta variant is still gaining ground. The only solution is vaccination. This summer is a key moment in the fight against the epidemic: it must allow people who are still unprotected to be vaccinated, in all places and without an appointment”, reminds the prefecture which indicates the possibilities of obtaining an appointment, on http://www.sante.fr or by telephone on 0800 54 19 19.

✏️ The effectiveness of Pfizer’s vaccine against Covid-19 infection has fallen to 39% in Israel, the national health ministry said Thursday. The figure refers to the period between June 20 and July 17, it said, adding that the ongoing decline had been observed in parallel with the spread of the Delta variant in the country.

This is significantly lower than the 64% measured between 6 June and 3 July and 94.3% measured between 2 May and 5 June. However, the vaccine’s effectiveness in preventing severe cases in Israel is currently estimated at 91.4%, and 88% in preventing Covid-19-related hospitalisations.

✏️ According to the latest OpinionWay survey, 10% of French people say they have not yet been vaccinated, but intend to do so soon, 8% are still undecided and 16% are categorically opposed to the vaccine. Most of these 16% are blue collar workers, who at 24% are firmly opposed, i.e. twice as many as all other classes of the population, who are credited with 12%.

Still according to the same poll, we learn that the opponents of the vaccine are RN sympathisers (29%), a much higher level than the other parties with LFI following with 15%, 8% for the PS, 7% for EELV sympathisers, 5% for LR supporters and finally 2% on the side of LREM.

In this survey, we learn that the opponents of the vaccine are under 35 years old, are mostly men while women follow just behind, live in a rural commune or a small town, generally in the south-west or north-west of France. It is worth noting that people living in the Paris region are the most likely to be vaccinated, followed closely by people living in the south-east of France.

✏️ Water restrictions

Aude: almost the entire department placed on drought alert by the prefecture.
The following are prohibited watering of lawns, public and private green spaces, pleasure gardens from 8 am to 8 pm (individual vegetable gardens are not concerned); watering of sports areas of any kind from 8 am to 8 pm; washing of cars except for professional installations and except for regulatory obligations; the filling of swimming pools (their replenishment is authorised between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m.); the watering of crops from watercourses, their accompanying aquifers, the Canal du Midi and its annexes from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.



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