Daily Post – Septembre 4th

Living through a pandemic

in the south of France

533 days in Carcassonne since

1st lockdown in March 2020


Happy 45th anniversary to us (C & JJ)


Home is much more comfortable.

✏️ Daily update – National

This Friday 3 September, 13,466 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in 24 hours, according to figures from Santé publique France, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 6,812,706 since the beginning of the epidemic. The positivity rate, which measures the number of positive cases in relation to the number of people tested, was 2.6%, identical to the previous day.

The number of patients hospitalised, which had fallen back below the 11,000 mark on Thursday, fell again slightly, to 10,816 compared with 10,934 the previous day, with 624 patients admitted in the last 24 hours. The critical care units, which receive the most seriously ill patients, now have 2,259 patients – including 159 admitted in the last 24 hours – compared to 2,275 on Thursday.

For the past ten days, the number of patients admitted to intensive care units has fluctuated between 2,200 and nearly 2,300 without showing a clear downward trend. Hospital pressure remains particularly strong in Bouches-du-Rhône (934 hospitalised, including 218 in critical care), Martinique (719, including 165) and Guadeloupe (600, including 83).

95 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 114,773.

Since the beginning of the vaccination campaign, 48,995,073 people have received at least one injection (i.e. 72.7% of the total population) and 45,140,579 people have now received the full vaccination schedule (i.e. 67% of the total population).

✏️ Daily update – Regional

The figures relating to the epidemic of Covid-19 communicated this Friday by Santé publique France.

In Aude, 94 patients were hospitalised on Tuesday because of Covid-19, the same number as on Thursday. Among them, 15 are in intensive care (stable figure), 65 in conventional hospitalisation (-1), 13 in follow-up care or long-term care (+1) and 1 in other structures (stable). 2 people were able to go home (1,401 in total since the beginning of the epidemic). No deaths have been reported in the department in the last 24 hours. In total, Covid-19 has killed 394 people in Aude since the beginning of the epidemic.

The incidence rate is falling this Friday and has fallen below the 200 mark to 191.3 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the week from 25 to 31 August. However, 200 is the critical threshold set by Emmanuel Macron on 12 July for territorial braking measures. Under these conditions, the prefect of the Aude, Thierry Bonnier, had the possibility of putting an end to the restriction measures he had imposed. But in a press release issued on Friday, the prefecture announced that “the wearing of masks remains compulsory outdoors in areas with a high concentration of people such as open-air markets, the vicinity of schools, particularly at school entry and exit times, shopping streets when there is a large number of people, the vicinity of railway stations and public transport waiting areas, the vicinity of places of worship when entering and leaving services and in all queues, whether in open, covered or closed areas.

In the Pyrénées-Orientales, the number of Covid patients hospitalised is also stable this Friday (112). 18 people are in intensive care (as many as on Thursday), 47 in conventional hospitalization (stable figure), 33 in follow-up care or long-term care (+1) and 14 in other structures (stable). 2 people were able to go home (1,666 in all since the beginning of the epidemic). Two additional deaths are to be deplored in the department this Friday. In the Pyrénées-Orientales, the coronavirus has caused a total of 389 victims in hospital since the beginning of the epidemic, including 9 in the last five days.

In the rolling week from 25 to 31 August, the incidence rate continued to fall to 164.1 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. It was 175.8 in the week from 24 to 30 August.

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Travel Page. has been updated with the latest information below:

02/09: Vaccinated people no longer need a PCR test to enter Panama.
02/09: Australia will not reopen its borders until 17 December.
02/09: Argentina, Chile and Uruguay show first signs of reopening to tourists.
02/09 : Thailand: five more provinces, including Bangkok, are expected to be ready to welcome visitors from October, followed by 21 more provinces across the country.
01/09: Albania will require either a vaccination certificate, a PCR test less than 72 hours old, an antigen test less than 48 hours old, or proof of having been infected with covid from 6 September.
01/09 : French and European travellers are again exempted from short-stay visa requirements for entry into South Korea, but must obtain an electronic travel authorisation and comply with a 14-day quarantine.
01/09: Vaccinated persons can now travel freely in Mauritius from the 8th day onwards (until now it was from the 15th day).
01/09: Oman has reopened its borders without quarantine to vaccinated people.
01/09: North Macedonia now requires either a certificate of vaccination, a PCR test less than 72 hours old, or a statement of having been infected with covid.
01/09: Only vaccinated people can now enter the Turks and Caicos Islands.
31/08: Malawi has reopened its borders. Source: Government press release received by email
31/08 : The 100% digital evisa for Thailand will be implemented from September 18th. Travelling to the Paris embassy to apply for a visa will no longer be necessary.
31/08 : From September 7, Canada will reopen its borders without quarantine to all vaccinated foreigners.


At this very moment, I am off food. So no comment available today.

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Some more gems from crazy USA


Soon, a historical era will come to an end in Europe. 67-year-old Angela Merkel, modern Germany’s second-longest-serving chancellor after Helmut Kohl, is not on her country’s September 26 election ballot. Kohl dedicated his political life to rebuilding Germany within a united Europe following World War II, and led the governing center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, continuing at the helm of a reunified Germany from 1990 to 1998.

Merkel won a seat in the Bundestag, the lower house of parliament, in Germany’s first post-reunification election in 1990. She became Kohl’s protégée, until April 2000, when Merkel was elected head of the CDU, becoming the first woman and first non-Catholic to lead the party. After the 2005 general election resulted in a stalemate for both major parties, a coalition government was formed with Merkel at its head. On November 22, 2005 Merkel took office as chancellor — the first woman, the first East German, and, at age 51, the youngest person to date to hold the office. 

Over the next 16 years, Merkel achieved status as a global diplomatic heavyweight, deftly managing a succession of crises, including tackling the financial meltdown in 2007-2008. She helped implement major reforms and policies on healthcare, energy management, and migration. She reduced unemployment, ended military conscription, enabled the legalization of same-sex marriage, introduced a national minimum wage, and raised payments to new parents. She pushed through a later retirement age, put more women in senior government posts, and set Germany on a course for a future without nuclear and fossil-fueled power.

Internationally, Merkel sought compromise and pursued a multilateral approach to the world’s problems through turbulent years that saw the U.S. drift apart from European allies under former president Trump, and Great Britain leaving the E.U. Time Magazine once dubbed her the “Chancellor of the Free World,” and she topped the 2018 Forbes list of the “World’s Most Powerful Women.” And in the twilight of her career, she led a COVID response that saw Germany fare better than some of its peers. 

Ralph Bollmann, a journalist and Merkel’s biographer, said: “I think [her] most important legacy is simply that, in such a time of worldwide crises, she provided for stability.” Through “a constant succession of crises that were really existential threats … her achievement is that she led Germany, Europe and perhaps to some extent the world fairly safely through that, for all that you can criticize details.” When Merkel insists others must judge her record, Bollmann answers: “You protected our country well.”

© (Independent, Britannica, AP)


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