Info Post – October 26th

Living through a pandemic

in the south of France

585 days in Carcassonne


1st lockdown in March 2020



Nothing special to report on a personal point of view. After some of last week’s excesses, it is good to have a couple of days of rest.

Is a new epidemic wave on the way? France has again passed the 5,000 daily case mark for Covid-19. According to figures published on Monday 25 October by Santé publique France, 5,293 new cases were recorded in 24 hours. They confirm that the number of infections has been rising again since around 20 October.

If we smooth out the figures over a week, Monday was the third consecutive day above 5,000 new daily cases. There were 5,084 on Saturday, 5,259 on Sunday, and 5,293 on Monday, whereas this indicator was below 4,700 until 19 October.

See data page for details

✏️ Health situation update

⦿ 🇫🇷 Daily update on the Covid epidemic in France, with figures from Santé Publique France and the Ministry of Health.

On Monday 25 October, 5,293 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 7,127,163.

The test positivity rate is 1.7%.

The number of Covid-19 patients hospitalised was 6,405 (+28 in 24 hours), including 1,023 in intensive care units.

In 24 hours, 42 people died in hospital due to Covid. The total death toll since the beginning of the epidemic is 117,508, of which 90,634 have died in hospital.

According to the General Directorate of Health, 49,856,632 people have now been fully vaccinated, i.e. 73.9% of the total population. At the current rate, the 50 million mark could be reached around All Saints’ Day.

⦿ 🇬🇧 The UK is currently facing a surge in Covid-19 cases. In this context, the Delta sub-variant is particularly monitored.

Named “AY4.2“, it accounted for 6% of all cases in the UK last week, according to the UK Health Security Agency’s weekly bulletin, which classified it as a “variant under investigation”.

For the time being, therefore, it is not the government’s top priority. The government is primarily trying to convince the over-50s to get a third dose, while the recall campaign remains slow, as reported by the BBC.

One of the main factors behind the current wave in the UK is the contamination of this population, especially of patients vaccinated early on who are experiencing a drop in immunity.

Another reason given is the lack of restrictions. Last July, the government decided to lift most of the protective measures, including indoor masks. For the British Medical Association, the government is showing “deliberate negligence”. It said the current situation was “unsustainable” and called for immediate action. But Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would stick to “his plan”.

Finally, the health authorities point to the low vaccination rate among teenagers. According to the latest weekly survey by the National Statistics Office, infection rates are highest among children in England, with nearly 8% of secondary school pupils (11-16 years old) infected in mid-October, and 3.8% for 2-11 year olds compared to 1.79% for the population as a whole. This gives hope for a calm during the school holidays which start this week.

Many questions remain unanswered for the moment: what we know about the Delta sub-variant?
After recording more than 50,000 cases on Thursday for the first time in three months, the UK recorded 49,298 cases and 180 deaths on Friday, bringing the total death toll of the pandemic in the country to 139,326.

✏️ Next scheduled event

I have scheduled a short trip to Lyon and area at the beginning of Novembre and will meet up with some old friends.

The excuse is a classic car show and namely epoqu’auto 2021.

I shall of course be travelling by train



Fig & Goat Cheese Salad with Parma Ham

(Recipe is not really necessary)

A wise piece of advice


Sir Rod Stewart unveils 2022 UK tour dates

The 76-year-old rocker is set to hit the road for a global jaunt in 2022 in support of his upcoming 31st studio album, ‘The Tears of Hercules’.

It could be his last one…

16th November 2022, Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena

22nd November 2022, London The O2

29th November 2022, Glasgow, Ovo Hydro

6th December 2022, Liverpool, M&S Bank Arena

9th December 2022, Birmingham, Utilita Arena

13th December 2022, Leeds, First Direct Arena

14th December 2022, Manchester, AO Arena

17th December 2022, Newcastle Utilita Arena




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