Living through a pandemic
in the south of France
562 days in Carcassonne
1st lockdown in March 2020
DAILY STATISTICS HERE
▫️ HOME NEWS DESK
Hello from Germany. I have to admit that it is not as straight forward as expected to work only with a tablet rather than with my home computer. I am getting better at it by the minute though.
✏️ Daily update
On Friday 1st October, 4,935 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in 24 hours, according to figures from Santé publique France, bringing the total number of confirmed cases since the beginning of the epidemic to 7,018,367.
The rate of positive tests has fallen to 1.2% (compared to 2.6% at the beginning of September).
The number of Covid-19 patients hospitalised in France continues to fall. Today, 7,410 people were hospitalised, compared to 7,565 the day before and 11,000 at the beginning of September.
Among these patients, 1,355 are hospitalised in intensive care units reserved for the most serious cases, compared to 1,414 on Thursday.
In 24 hours, 47 people have died in hospital from Covid. The total death toll since the beginning of the epidemic is 116,759, of which 89,924 have died in hospital.
Since the beginning of the vaccination campaign, 50,558,731 people have received at least one dose of vaccine (i.e. 75% of the total population) and 48,678,630 people have a complete vaccination schedule (i.e. 72.1% of the total population).
▫️ TRAVEL NEWS
Up to date
01/10: Australia will reopen its borders in November. This opening will only concern Australians at first, but the government is preparing the opening to tourists.
01/10: Vaccinated people can now enter Mauritius without quarantine.
01/10: Sri Lanka no longer requires an arrival test or quarantine for those vaccinated with two doses.
01/10: Thailand has reduced its quarantine to 7 days from 14 days for two-dose vaccinees. These people can still enter Phuket, Koh Samui, Koh Phangan or Koh Tao without quarantine. Source – See our guide
01/10: Chile has reopened its land and air borders to vaccinated people with a 5-day quarantine.
30/09: From 1 October, people who have only received one injection after a recovery from covid may be allowed to enter Malta without quarantine or testing.
30/09: From 4 October, vaccinated persons will no longer need a PCR test to travel to the following territories: Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Reunion, Mayotte and Guyana.
30/09 : Indonesia: Bali will reopen in October, but only for travellers from the US, UK, Germany and Russia at first.
30/09 : Iran to resume issuing tourist visas to foreigners from 23 October.
29/09: Germany no longer imposes quarantine on people, even unvaccinated ones, coming from mainland France, regardless of the region.
29/09 : To enter the United States from the beginning of November, it will be necessary to be vaccinated with two doses (or one dose with Janssen) and to present a test less than three calendar days old.
29/09 : The UEMOA (Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Togo) is discussing the reopening of land borders.
28/09 : Thailand detailed its plan to reopen land borders:
October 1: Quarantine reduced to 7 days
1 November: Reopening without quarantine of Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya and Hua Hin provinces
December 1: Reopening without quarantine of 20 additional provinces including Ayutthaya, Chiang Rai, Songkhla, Sukhothai, Trang, Trat and Yala
1 January: Reopening without quarantine of 13 border provinces including Satun, Surin and Udon Thani
28/09: Estonia no longer requires quarantine, even for unvaccinated people.
27/09: Norway‘s borders are now open even to unvaccinated people.
24/09: Nepal removes quarantine requirement for vaccinated people.
24/09 : Entry and exit rules for unvaccinated people in France: Argentina, Bangladesh, Guyana, Indonesia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal and the Democratic Republic of Congo go from red to orange.
▫️ FOOD & DRINKS
As seen yesterday walking around Hildesheim town
▫️ THE FABULOUS FRIDAY (FUNNIES) GROANS from Paul
Good day to you all
Two blonds are walking along the river. One is on one side and one on the other. One yells “How do I get to the other side?”. The other yells back across the river. “You are already on the other side!” —————————-
On their 40th wedding anniversary and during the banquet celebrating it, Tom was asked to give his friends a brief account of the benefits of a marriage of such long duration…”Tell us Tom, just what is it you have learned from all those wonderful years with your wife?”Tom responds, “Well, I’ve learned that marriage is the best teacher of all. It teaches you loyalty, forbearance, meekness, self-restraint, forgiveness –and a great many other qualitiesyou wouldn’t have needed if you’d stayed single.”
Some bad puns ……………….
Dad, are we pyromaniacs? Yes, we arson.
What do you call a pig with laryngitis? Disgruntled.
Writing my name in cursive is my signature move.
Why do bees stay in their hives during winter? Swarm.
If you’re bad at haggling, you’ll end up paying the price.
Just so everyone’s clear, I’m going to put my glasses on.
A commander walks into a bar and orders everyone around.
I lost my job as a stage designer. I left without making a scene.
Never buy flowers from a monk. Only you can prevent florist friars.
How much did the pirate pay to get his ears pierced? A buccaneer.
I once worked at a cheap pizza shop to get by. I kneaded the dough.
My friends and I have named our band ‘Duvet’. It’s a cover band.
Some one liners …………….
My kids asked me what it was like growing up in the 80’s ……So I took their phones away and turned off the wi-fi!!
The world’s most prolific Facebook user died today. We shall not see his Like again.
Narcissist? Let’s just calm down with the big words and keep this conversation about me.
My sexy neighbour just called me “a bit of a looker”Well, the term she used was actually “voyeur” but it still counts
Before we get to Movember if anyone wants to sponsor me to eat atriangular shaped Swiss chocolate next month I’m doing Octoblerone
Mick and Mary were 85 years old and had been married for sixty years. Though they were far from rich, they managed to get by because they carefully watched their pennies. Not young, but still in very good health, largely due to Mary’s insistence on healthy foods and exercise for the last decade.
One day, however, their good health didn’t help when they went on a holiday vacation and their plane crashed, sending them off to Heaven.
They reached the pearly gates and St. Peter escorted them inside. He took them to a beautiful mansion, furnished in gold and fine silks, with a fully stocked kitchen and a waterfall in the master bath. A maid could be seen hanging their favorite clothes in the closet. They gasped in astonishment when St. Peter said, “Welcome to Heaven. This will be your home now.”
Mick asked St. Peter how much all this was going to cost. “Why, nothing,” St. Peter replied, “this is your reward in Heaven.”Mick looked out the window and right there he saw a championship golf course, finer and more beautiful than any ever built on Earth. “What are the greens fees?” grumbled Mick. “This is heaven,” St. Peter replied. “You can play for free, every day.”
Next they went to the clubhouse and saw the lavish buffet lunch.”Don’t even ask,” said St. Peter to Mick. “This is Heaven; it is all free for you to enjoy.” Mick looked around and nervously asked, “Well, where are the low fat and low cholesterolfoods and the decaffeinated tea?””That’s the best part,” St. Peter replied. “You can eat and drink as much as you like and you will never get fat or sick. This is Heaven!”
“No gym to work out at?” asked Mick.”Not unless you want to,” was the answer. “No testing my sugar or blood pressure?” “Never again,” said St. Peter.
Mick glared at Mary and said, “You and your doggone Bran Flakes. We could have been here ten years ago!”
Dude 1: “The doctor said he would have me on my feet in two weeks.”
Dude 2: “And did he?”
Dude 1: “Yes, I had to sell the car to pay the bill.”
Some dental one liners …………….
A friend of mine won Dentist of the Year, and all he got was a little plaque.
Visited the dentist yesterday , I said you’re not my usual dentist , he said no I’m just filling in.
As NHS cuts continue. Dentists are warning that people may have tocarry out their own procedures. Patients are being notified to brace themselves!
A man walks up to the store clerk and asks “In what aisle could I find the Polish sausage?”The clerk looks at him and says, “Are you Polish?”The guy (clearly offended) says, “Well, yes I am. But let me ask you something. If I had asked for Italian sausage, would you ask me if I was Italian?Or if I had asked for German Bratwurst, would you ask me if I was German?Or if I asked for a kosher hot dog would you ask me if I was Jewish?Or if I had asked for a Taco, would you ask if I was Mexican?If I asked for some Irish whiskey, would you ask if I was Irish?”The clerk says, “Well, no, I probably wouldn’t.”With deep selfrighteous indignation, the guy says, “Well then, why did you ask me if I’m Polish because I asked for Polish sausage?”The clerk replied, “Because you’re in Bunnings (a hardware chain store)
My grandmother told me how she ended up marrying Grandpa. She was in her 20s, and the man she was dating left for war. “We were in love,” she recalled, “and wrote to each other every week. It was during that time that I discovered how wonderful your grandfather was.”
“Did you marry Grandpa when he came home from the war?” I asked.
“Oh, I didn’t marry the man who wrote the letters. Your grandfather was the mailman.”
To get his mind off his losing streak at the racetrack, Itook my friend horseback riding. Being a novice, he freakedwhen his mount took off.
“How do I stop?” he yelled.”Bet on it!” I hollered back.
And to round out the week….
Have you ever noticed it sounds so friendly when you say “Have a nice day” to someone.But if you say “enjoy your next 24 hours” it sounds a bit scary!
I saw a Microbiologist today!He was much bigger than I expected!
See you next time.
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