Living through a pandemic
in the south of France
571 days in Carcassonne
1st lockdown in March 2020
DAILY STATISTICS HERE
▫️ HOME NEWS DESK
Still in the green
The days are going by… and they are looking the same at the moment on the epidemic front. And that’s good! In our country, the indicators remain good. The resumption of classes in schools and most universities, the return of employees to the office after the summer holidays, have not caused the curve of contaminations to explode, as epidemiologists feared.
The return of milder temperatures and even the cold in the morning – we have just experienced the first frosts – does not announce, at least for the moment, a clear revival of the virus. This morning, in 21 new departments, pupils are no longer obliged to wear masks in class.
Restrictive measures persist but could be lifted gradually
A sign, oh so revealing, that the situation continues to improve and that the restrictive measures, even if they are maintained with in particular the compulsory health pass, could be lifted gradually.
Despite those who still stubbornly refuse to be vaccinated, this strategy is for the time being the way to resume “normal life”. There is a clear divide between the countries that have been able to implement this policy by buying millions of doses and the others, especially in Europe. The pandemic is still not a distant memory, but for once the news is good, why not rejoice!
✏️ Daily update
Here is what you need to know about the figures relating to the Covid-19 epidemic released this Sunday evening by Santé Publique France.
In the Aude, 46 Covid patients were hospitalised this Sunday evening (a stable figure over the last 24 hours), including 5 in intensive care. No additional deaths have been recorded in the department since 7 October (405 deaths in total). And the incidence rate is continuing to fall and is approaching the alert threshold set at 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants (52.1 over the sliding week from 1 October to 7 October).
In the Pyrénées-Orientales, 51 Covid patients were hospitalised (stable figure), including 8 in intensive care (stable figure). Here again, no deaths have been recorded since 8 October (411 in total). And the incidence rate is 27.8 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
In France, 6737 Covid patients were hospitalised (+31), including 1132 in intensive care (+5). Eight deaths have been recorded in the last 24 hours (90,174 in total).
As of 1 January 2022, a new scale of car malus will apply to new vehicles registered from this date. This change was already provided for in Article 55 of the Finance Act for 2021. This ecological malus is a tax to be paid when certain particularly polluting vehicles are registered. In addition, a new “weight-based malus” will be introduced for new vehicles weighing more than 1.8 tonnes.
The malus on the most polluting vehicles
From 1 January 2022:
The malus will apply from 128 grams of CO2/km (instead of 133 grams of CO2/km in 2021) with for this level of pollution a taxation of €50.
The €1000 threshold will be reached from 151 grams of CO2/km (€1074), instead of 156 grams of CO2/km in 2021.
The last bracket of the scale will be €40,000 for vehicles with a CO2 level of more than 223 grams of CO2/km (instead of €30,000 in 2021 for vehicles with more than 218 grams of CO2/km).
The amount of the malus may not exceed 50% of the price of the vehicle including tax.
Note: A change in the scale of the penalty is already planned for 2023:
it will apply from 123 grams of CO2/km;
it will rise to €50,000 in 2023 for vehicles with CO2 emissions of more than 225 grams/km.
A new weight-related penalty
In addition, a new ‘weight-based penalty’ will be introduced from 1 January 2022. It will apply to new vehicles weighing more than 1.8 tonnes (1,800 kg). The unit rate will be €10 per kilogram. A large family (at least three dependent children), including a foster family, may benefit from a reduction in this penalty under certain conditions. Electric and rechargeable hybrid vehicles will be exempt from this tax.
My Septembre statistics from Deezer
▫️ TRAVEL NEWS
Up to date
08/10: St Kitts and Nevis has reduced its quarantine for vaccinated people from 4 days to 24 hours.
08/10: Argentina will reopen its borders to vaccinated people on 1 November. They will have to present a PCR test less than 72 hours old, perform a 2nd test on arrival and probably a 3rd test between days 5 and 7.
08/10: India has confirmed that it will reopen its borders to charter flights on 15 October and to non-charter flights on 15 November.
07/10: International tourists can now apply for an electronic visa to travel to Mongolia.
07/10: Vaccinated people will no longer have to undergo quarantine to enter Chile from 1 November.
07/10 : Vietnam to reopen Halong Bay, Hoi An, Dalat and Nha Trang in December, plus Phu Quoc already scheduled to open in November. Source. The country plans to fully reopen by June 2022.
06/10: China may reopen its borders when vaccination rates reach at least 80% by the end of the year.
05/10: The Philippines plans to reduce quarantine time for vaccinated people.
05/10: Australia to reopen its borders to workers and students first. International tourists will have to wait until 2022.
05/10: Venezuela reopens land border with Colombia.
05/10: The 2022 Winter Olympics in China will be held without foreign spectators.
05/10: Bali International Airport in Indonesia will reopen for passengers from South Korea, China, Japan, the United Arab Emirates, Dubai and New Zealand on 14 October. Source
05/10: When New Zealand reopens its borders, only vaccinated people will be admitted.
04/10: Vaccinated people no longer need a PCR test to travel to the following territories: St Barts, St Martin, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Reunion, Mayotte and Guyana.
04/10: Vaccinated people no longer need a PCR test to travel to England or Scotland.
04/10: Singapore may reopen its borders to new European countries before the end of the year.
04/10: Malaysia aims to reopen its borders in December.
04/10: China begins to talk about a possible reopening of its borders.
▫️ FUN / SATIRE
▫️ THE FABULOUS FRIDAY (FUNNIES) GROANS from Paul
Another week just went by. Trust that it was a good one.
➤ The situation is getting worse. This morning a flying saucer landed at a local petrol station
The two space aliens inside seemed completely unconcerned about detection; in fact, the
letters “UFO” emblazoned in big, bold letters on one side of their shiny craft:
As the station owner stood and gawked in silence, paralysed with shock, his young attendant nonchalantly filled up the tank and waved to the two aliens as they took off.
“Do ye realise what just happened?” The station owner finally uttered.
“Yeah.” Said attendant. “So?”
“Didn’t ye see the space aliens in that vehicle?”
“Yeah.” Repeated the attendant. “So?”
“Didn’t ye see e letters ‘UFO’ on the side oh at the vehicle?”
“Yeah.” Repeated the attendant. “So?”
“Don’t ye know what ‘UFO’ means?”
The attendant rolled his eyes. “Good grief! I’ve been working here for six years. Of course,
I know what ‘UFO’ means
‘Unleaded Fuel Only.'”
➤ Sammy Snail saved his money and bought a little sports car. He
was so proud of it. Even customised it with a big S on both doors
and the hood.
Driving around he pulled up to a stop light next to a pair of
rabbits in a Corvette.
The rabbit revved his engine. Then Sammy gunned his. The light
changed and Sammy took off.
The rabbit driver turned to his passenger and said, “Wow! Did you
see that S car go?”
➤ Some topical humour
In the Library I asked the Librarian where the Travel books were located. She said “Oh they’re in the Fantasy section now!”
Showing travel photos taken in Bali four years ago she suggested I should give them to the National Trust to add to their historic records!!
➤ Some quotes of wisdom from Alan
• “Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.”
~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
• “Laughter is an instant vacation.”
~ Milton Berle
• “Oh, take your time, don’t live too fast. Troubles will come and they will pass…”
~ Lynyrd Skynyrd
• “Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere.”
~ Erma Bombeck
• “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
~ Oscar Wilde
•”Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.”
~ Edgar Allan Poe
• “We need much less than we think we need.”
~ Maya Angelou
➤ More bad puns ……..
• I lost my girlfriend’s audiobook, and now I’ll never hear the end of it.
• Why is ‘dark’ spelled with a k and not c? Because you can’t see in the dark.
• Why is it unwise to share your secrets with a clock? Well, time will tell.
• When I told my contractor I didn’t want carpeted steps, they gave me a blank stare.
• Bono and The Edge walk into a Dublin bar and the bartender says, “Oh no, not U2 again.”
• Prison is just one word to you, but for some people, it’s a whole sentence.
• Scientists got together to study the effects of alcohol on a person’s walk, and the result was staggering.
• I’m trying to organize a hide and seek tournament, but good players are really hard to find.
• I got over my addiction to chocolate, marshmallows, and nuts. I won’t lie, it was a rocky road.
• What do you say to comfort a friend who’s struggling with grammar? There, their, they’re.
•I went to the toy store and asked the assistant where the Schwarzenegger dolls are and he replied, “Aisle B, back.”
• What did the surgeon say to the patient who insisted on closing up their own incision? Suture self.
• I’ve started telling everyone about the benefits of eating dried grapes. It’s all about raisin awareness.
➤ Some short Jokes…
• I couldn’t undo the buttons on my sweater so I tried pulling it over my head but it got stuck……
I’m at the hospital now, waiting to see a cardyologist…….
•I went round my mates house earlier and the first thing he said was, “make yourself at home”…
So I threw him out…..
“I hate visitors”….
•I once got into so much debt that
I couldn’t even afford to pay my electricity bills.
They were the darkest days of my life.
•…And then alcohol said, “put that on Facebook, it is hilarious!”
But alcohol was wrong, so very wrong.
➤ And a few gems of abnormal knowledge to see out the week….
*_DO YOU KNOW ?_* 🤔
1. *Hot water will turn into ice faster than cold water.*
2. *The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows.*
3. *The sentence, “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” uses every letter in the English language.*
4. *The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.*
5. *Ants never sleep!*
6. *“I Am” is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.*
7. *Coca-Cola was originally green.*
8. *The most common name in the world is Mohammed.*
9. *When the moon is directly overhead, you will weigh slightly less.*
10. *Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from the blowing desert sand.*
11. *There are only two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order:
“abstemious” and “facetious.”*
12. *The name of all the continents end with the same letter that they start with.*
13. *There are two credit cards for every person in the United States.*
14. *TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.*
15. *Minus 40 degrees Celsius is exactly the same as minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit.*
16. *Chocolate can kill dogs, as it contains theobromine, which affects their heart and nervous system.*
17. *Women blink nearly twice as much as men!*
18. *You can’t kill yourself by holding your breath.*
20. *The Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.*
21. *People say “Bless you” when you sneeze because when you sneeze, your heart stops for a millisecond.*
22. *It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky*
23. *The “sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick” is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.* (Try it!!)
24. *“Rhythm” is the longest English word without a vowel.*
See ya later when yer legs are straighter.
▫️ NEWS FROM ACROSS THE POND 🇺🇸
Some more gems from crazy USA
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