Daily Post – August 16th

Living through a pandemic

in the south of France

514 days in Carcassonne since

1st lockdown in March 2020



✏️ Regional update

The situation in hospitals remains very worrying in our two departments. The increase is also marked at the regional level this Sunday.

Pyrenees Orientales

The hospitalisations jumped this Sunday August 15 in Perpignan where 136 people are hospitalised for Covid-19 (+5 in 24h) including 23 in intensive care (+1) and 70 in conventional hospitalisation (+6).
The department deplores one more death this Sunday evening bringing the total to 357 victims of Covid since the beginning of the epidemic.

This 15 August is also marked by a continuous fall in the incidence rate in the department with 424 positive cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The peak of the 4th wave seems to have been reached on 25 July with 637 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.


In Aude, 88 people were hospitalised on Sunday (+6 in 24 hours) including 11 in intensive care (+1) and 66 in conventional hospital (+5).
One person died on Sunday, bringing the number of victims of the epidemic in the Aude to 375.


In Occitanie, 1148 people are hospitalised (+43 in 24 hours) including 274 in intensive care (+1) and 639 in conventional hospitalisation (+40).

4,752 inhabitants of Occitanie have died from Covid, including 11 this Sunday.

✏️ France update (Sunday Aug 15th)

Faced with the fourth wave of the Delta variant, the number of hospitalised patients continues to rise. Here is an update with figures from Santé Publique France and the Ministry of Health.

This Sunday 15 August, 21,172 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in 24 hours, according to figures from Santé Publique France, giving a total of 6,471,035 confirmed cases since the start of the epidemic.

The positivity rate, which measures the number of positive cases in relation to the number of people tested, stands at 3.7%.

The number of Covid patients in hospital is now 9,768 (including 399 new admissions), compared to 9,648 on Saturday and 9,546 on Friday.

Hospitalizations in critical care units, which take care of the most serious cases, also continued to rise, with 1,852 patients (1,837 on Saturday, 1,831 on Friday), including 73 in 24 hours.

44 people have died of Covid-19 in hospitals in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths in this epidemic in France to 112,702, of which 86,161 were in hospital.

As of Friday 13 August, 46,109,683 people had received at least one injection, i.e. nearly 68.4% of the total population, and 38,800,712 people had a complete vaccination schedule, i.e. nearly 57.5% of the total population. 68.2% of the adult population is fully vaccinated.

✏️ Health pass

As of today, the trial week is over and the health pass becomes law. Here is a graphic view (in easy French) where you need or do not need to show the pass to be able to access these locations:

I shall personally refuse to go to places who are not complying with the law


Travel Page. is up to date


There is an excellent fishmonger called “La Halle aux Poissons” in Cavalaire (Var) where we were last week.

My family has been going there on a regular basis for years. They are supplied mostly from the local fishermen on a daily basis.

Of course being fresh product, you never know what will be available. You can try to order something specific but there is no guarantee it will be available. Last week we purchased in the morning this 1,8kg Dorade Royale (Sea bream?) to cook for lunch.

My mother’s old recipe was used:

– The fish should be on fennel sticks which are collected in fields now and then when they are in season.

– Some oil to be spread over the fish. Not olive oil… but “huile d’arachide” (Groundnut oil?)

– A splash of pastis. We used my favorite Casanis.

– Hot oven 220º C

– Cook for, in this case, 34 minutes

The result is out of this world

Simple but excellent

The same recipe applies to many Mediterranean fishes like Rougets (my favorites). It is also a fantastic way to cook fresh crayfish (langoustes) which must be cut in half before going into the cooking dish.

Back in Carcassone, I am not sure we have the right fishmongers who would have such quality fish. In any case I have not come across one yet. It will be further investigated in the coming days.

Did I mention that this fish cost me some 104 Euros.

Not the cheapest for 4 people but well worth it.

  ▫️ FUN


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1 Response to Daily Post – August 16th

  1. Aline says:

    Oui, elle est magnifique cette dorade, un peu chère, non, mais si elle sortait de l’eau… C’est bien que tu l’aies cuite comme ta mère. Elle était un peu avec vous… Comment vas-tu ? Toujours fatigué ? Et as-tu eu le temps d’aller réclamer des résultats ? Tu me tiens au courant, dis Bises à tous deux Pauline

    Aline Lantrua 06 22 41 21 85


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