Info Post – October 27th

Living through a pandemic

in the south of France

586 days in Carcassonne

since

1st lockdown in March 2020

DAILY STATISTICS HERE

▫️ HOME NEWS DESK

See data page for details

✏️ Health situation update

⦿ For several days, the contaminations have been increasing again. The risk of a real epidemic resumption cannot be excluded. Here follows the daily summary update on the Covid epidemic in France, with figures from Santé Publique France and the Ministry of Health.

CONTAMINATIONS
On Tuesday 26 October, 6,133 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 7,133,766 since the beginning of the epidemic.

The test positivity rate is 1.7%.

HOSPITALISATIONS
The number of Covid-19 patients hospitalised was 6,445 (+40 in 24 hours), including 1,049 in intensive care units.

DEATHS
In 24 hours, 38 people died in hospital due to Covid. The total death toll since the beginning of the epidemic is 117,555, of which 90,672 have died in hospital.

VACCINATION
Since the beginning of the vaccination campaign in France, 51,108,419 people have received at least one injection (i.e. 75.8% of the total population) and 49,889,136 people have now received the full vaccination schedule (i.e. 74% of the total population).

⦿ The incidence rate of covid-19 has been rising for several days in Aude and Pyrénées-Orientales.

Having fallen back below 50 on 10 October, the incidence rate in the Aude region crossed the alert threshold again yesterday, 25 October, over the sliding week from 16 to 22 October. At 55.3 per 100,000 inhabitants on Monday, it has risen again very slightly according to the figure published this Tuesday, concerning the sliding week from 17 to 23 October: 55.5.

In the Pyrénées-Orientales, the indicator, which fell below the alert threshold during the sliding week from 23 to 29 September, has been on the rise again since 9 October, with a relative stabilisation between 37 and 40 for several days. According to the figure published this evening, it is experiencing a stronger increase, to 45 cases per 100,000 inhabitants during the sliding week from 17 to 23 October. It is therefore approaching the 50 per 100,000 threshold.

However, the virus has not claimed any victims in the Pyrénées-Orientales for a week and in the Aude for five days. In addition, the number of patients admitted to critical care is stable in both departments (9 since 24 October in the Pyrénées-Orientales and 4 since 22 October in the Aude), while the number of hospitalised patients has increased slightly in the Pays Catalan (+2 in 24 hours to 57) and in the Pays Cathare (+2 since the previous day, 47 in total).

⦿ Pandemic on the rise in Europe ?
In the last 7 days, some 1,672,000 cases, or an average of 239,000 per day, have been recorded in the region. This is 18% more than the previous week, and about 60% more than in August and September, when the number of new cases stagnated at around 150,000 per day.

⦿ Incidence rate by “departement” mainland France on October 25th

▫️ TRAVEL

I have taken out the travel page from this blog. Instead here is a link to the page I mostly used for information. It is in French as everything on it is from the point of view of France but easy to understand.

Below is the current French country classification

▫️ SEASONAL PIC

▫️ FOOD & DRINKS

✏️ In Toulouse, you can buy armagnac in bulk!

Next time you are in Toulouse


Opened two and a half months ago, the Toulouse wine cellar Mr Pépin has chosen to sell spirits in bulk. An obvious choice for Julien Cazaubon, who sees many advantages.

What if, before a family meal or an evening with friends, you went and filled your bottle with a good Armagnac from the Domaine d’Espérance or an organic gin produced in Aveyron? It is already possible at Mr Pépin’s, in Toulouse.

The principle is simple. By buying bottles of 35, 50 or 70 cl, you can serve yourself in the “dames-jeannes” placed on a piece of furniture specially designed by Julien Cazaubon, who opened this wine cellar a few weeks ago on Place Arnaud-Bernard. I am the first in Toulouse to sell spirits in bulk, without a wholesaler,” he says. I wanted to remain independent and work with the producers I wanted. That’s why I created these cabinets so that I wouldn’t have to rent them to the wholesaler and be obliged to work with their suppliers.

The principle is simple. By buying bottles of 35, 50 or 70 cl, you can serve yourself in the “dames-jeannes” placed on a piece of furniture specially designed by Julien Cazaubon, who opened this wine cellar a few weeks ago on Place Arnaud-Bernard. I am the first in Toulouse to sell spirits in bulk, without a wholesaler,” he says. I wanted to remain independent and work with the producers I wanted. That’s why I created these cabinets so that I wouldn’t have to rent them to the wholesaler and be obliged to work with their suppliers.
And the concept seems to please, as the demand is already there, much to the delight of the business manager. A clientele of young working people between 30 and 40 years old, seduced by the ecological approach but not only. “The prices are also really interesting”, adds Julien Cazaubon, who has invested nearly 60,000 euros in the business.

And the bulk wine?
“There will soon be a French whisky and a Jamaican rum. Offering bulk wine is still very complicated. But it is possible for spirits, of which I am a great fan”, explains the young man in his thirties, a sommelier by training. “Eventually, I want to expand the range by offering brandies, vermouths and liqueurs. The field of possibilities is immense. The aim is to have one room for wines and one for spirits. Because, with more than 350 references, mainly organic, biodynamic or natural, Mr Pépin does not forget the wine lovers either.

Mr Pépin wine cellar, 8 Pl. Arnaud Bernard, 31000 Toulouse

✏️ In case of emergency

▫️ MUSIC

Tangerine Dream

I use to be and I guess still am a fan of the German group who were pioneers in electronic music. I regret missing their show in London’s Royal Albert Hall in 2010.

The link below is part 1 of the concert. For fans only. To be listened to with head phones, in the dark and slightly sloshed.

🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶

▫️ ODD

Did you know there is a German moustache and beard championships?

The competition, which is held in Eging am See in the country’s south-east, saw about 100 men flock into town to proudly display their hairy assets.

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