Info Post – November 4th

Living through a pandemic

in the south of France

594 days since

1st lockdown in March 2020



✏️ Health situation update

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

This Wednesday 3 November, 10,050 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 start of the epidemic to 7,180,832. The test positivity rate is 2.2%.

The number of Covid-19 patients hospitalised was 6,764 (+257 in 24 hours), including 1,096 in intensive care units.

In 24 hours, 39 people died in hospital due to Covid. The total death toll since the beginning of the epidemic is 117,802, of which 90,919 have died in hospital.

Since the beginning of the vaccination campaign in France, 51,280,987 people have received at least one injection (i.e. 76.4% of the total population) and 50,134,631 people have now received the full vaccination schedule (i.e. 74.6% of the total population).

In addition, 3.028.581 persons have received a 3rd dose as of November 1st.

Report on the health situation in the Aude and the Pyrénées-Orientales on Wednesday 3rd November.

According to figures from Santé Publique France, in the Aude region, 49 patients were hospitalised on Wednesday because of Covid-19, i.e. 3 less than on Tuesday. Among them, 4 are in intensive care (stable), 27 in conventional hospitalisation (-3), 16 in follow-up or long-term care (stable) and 2 in other structures (stable). 2 additional people were able to go home (1,526 in total since the beginning of the epidemic). 1 additional death in hospital is to be deplored in the department in the last 24 hours. In total, Covid-19 has killed 412 people in Aude since the beginning of the epidemic.

The incidence rate is stable this Wednesday in the department and amounts, as it did on Tuesday, to 52.1 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the sliding week from 25 to 31 October, a figure published on 3 November.

The incidence rate is falling in the Pyrénées-Orientales
In the Pyrénées-Orientales, the number of Covid patients hospitalised is slightly up this Wednesday (59 compared to 58 on Tuesday). Among them, 9 are in intensive care (stable figure), 14 in conventional hospitalisation (+2), 23 in follow-up care or long-term care (-1) and 13 in other structures (stable number). 1 person was able to go home (1,797 in total since the beginning of the epidemic). No additional deaths are to be reported in hospital in the department this Wednesday. In the Pyrenees-Orientales, the coronavirus has claimed a total of 415 victims in hospital since the beginning of the epidemic.

For the first time since October 15, the incidence rate is down – albeit slightly – this Wednesday in the Pyrenees-Orientales. It is 68.5 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the week from 25 to 31 October, compared to 69.1 in the week from 24 to 30 October.

✏️ Heated exchanges

Extreme weather inaugurated the COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿. Sunday’s torrential rain and 80 mph winds felled trees onto train tracks, causing scores of railway cancellations. Journalists reported trips from London taking three times longer; others couldn’t reach Glasgow at all.

Summit organisers knew over 30,000 delegates and visitors from around the globe registered to attend. But Monday’s opening day had long queues at the Scottish Event Campus, and hours-long waits to get inside the largest of three venues, the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Center. Once inside, delegates had to go through airport-style security. Pictures on social media showed chaotic scenes with hundreds waiting outside the main gates. One U.N. source described the situation: “Total and utter shambles – ambassadors, as well as visitors were held up in the rain for three hours. People asked to go and get tested and come back in time for a 7 p.m. close – got back at 5:30 to find that they had closed early.” The U.K. hosts blamed security arrangements and accreditation wait times on the U.N., who blamed the weather and the pandemic. Everybody criticised China’s leader for not even attempting to attend.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson cautioned against getting “caught up in a mood of exaggerated enthusiasm,” but hailed the progress that had been made and said he was “cautiously optimistic.” He cited India’s pledge to make a deep dent in carbon emissions by 2030 and a pledge by over 100 world leaders to stop deforestation. He reminded that China previously committed to reach net-zero emissions by 2060, for carbon emissions to peak by 2030, and for deciding to end financing for coal plants overseas. Johnson then boarded a private plane for the 1.5 hour flight back to London, rather than taking a 4-hour emissions-reducing train ride back. 

✏️ Where Electric Car Batteries Go When They Die

Here is a very interesting article on the subject on recycling or not of old car batteries for the new generation of electric vehicles. A subject which often leads to heated discussions. According to the article, we are not there yet but it looks promising.


Polo bear – Photo fo the year
The path of camels



Last month statistics from Deezer. That’s over 40 hours of music and does not take into account what I listen to off line and in the car.





Some more gems from crazy USA


❒ SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule has a toilet problem.

❒ Inside Japan’s underwater observatory.


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