Info Post – November 21st

Living through a pandemic

in the south of France

611 days since

1st lockdown in March 2020



Fluctuat nec mergitur

As the Beatles would say: I am Getting better all the time, but it not over yet. I shall take it easy for another couple of days. Quite a few things are planned later in the week and at the weekend.

✏️ Covid-19: France imposes tests of less than 24 hours on non-vaccinated people coming from several European countries.

After having done so for Germany and Belgium, France is going to reinforce, from 22 November, the sanitary rules at its borders for non-vaccinated travellers coming from Luxembourg, Poland or Switzerland. The deadline for PCR or antigenic tests has been reduced from 72 to 24 hours.
France is tightening up its border controls. All over Europe, the contamination counter is starting to spiral again. A new wave is sweeping across the Old Continent. A record 317,000 new cases were recorded daily on the Old Continent on Friday 19 November, according to Our World in Data, which reports government data. The previous three days, with an average of more than 300,000 infections over seven days, had already surpassed the peak of the autumn 2020 wave. On 8 November, in the middle of the second wave at the time, 287,103 positive cases were detected.

✏️ Rugby

I was zapping along yesterday evening when I came across a brilliant rugby game. It is not everyday you see the French national team achieved a record 40-25 victory over three-time world champions New Zealand.

Roll-on the World Cup

✏️ Singapore I regularly read the Singapore Times newspaper which gives good insight on the local and Asian situation. Here is the latest article on the measure currently in effect in that part of the world.


✏️ FRANCE 🇫🇷

Thanks to the figures published by Santé publique France, here follows a summary report on the health situation in France and in the departments of Aude and Pyrénées-Orientales on Saturday 20 November.

No deaths for 15 days in the Aude
In Aude, 41 people with Covid were hospitalised this Saturday, stable since the day before. However, this figure is down by 15% (or 7 patients) since 17 November and is back to the level of the beginning of the month. Among these patients, 7 are being treated in critical care units (resuscitation, intensive care or continuous surveillance), which have been stable for three days; 19 are being treated in conventional hospitalisation (stable); 13 people are admitted to follow-up and rehabilitation care (SSR) or long-term care units (USLD) (stable in 24 hours) and two in another type of establishment (stable).

The number of deaths has not changed since 5 November, i.e. 15 days, at 413. The incidence rate continues to rise, crossing the 100 per 100,000 population threshold again at 103.6 for the rolling week of 11 to 17 November, published this Saturday.

Since the beginning of the epidemic, 1,549 people have been discharged from hospital.

Incidence at 140 in the Pyrénées-Orientales
In the Pyrénées-Orientales, 93 Covid patients are being treated in hospital (3 less in 24 hours). Among them, 6 are in critical care (resuscitation, intensive care or continuous monitoring), two less than on Friday. Twenty-one patients are treated in conventional hospitalisation (one less in 24 hours); 53 in follow-up and rehabilitation care (SSR) or long-term care units (USLD) (stable since Friday) and 13 are admitted in another type of hospitalisation (stable).

The department still deplores two additional deaths due to Covid in 24 hours, i.e. nine deaths in six days for a total of 425.

The incidence rate continues to rise and is back to its level of early September at 140 per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the figure released on Saturday, for the rolling week of 11 to 17 November.

Since March 2020, 1,820 people hospitalised have returned home, including three within 24 hours.

23 deaths in France
At the national level, 23 Covid deaths were reported in hospitals on Saturday 20 November, bringing the total number of hospital deaths to 91,520. Adding the 26,908 deaths in nursing homes, since March 2020, 118,428 people have died from Covid, according to Santé publique France.

There were 7,974 people hospitalised (34 more than the previous day), including 1,333 in critical care, i.e. 20 fewer in 24 hours.

The incidence rate is still up at 144 per 100,000 this Saturday for the week of 11 to 20 November, compared to 132 according to the figure published the day before. France recorded 22,678 new cases in 24 hours on 20 November, compared to 14,646 last Saturday, an increase of 55%.

Since the beginning of the epidemic, 432,421 patients have been able to return home, cured, including 206 in 24 hours.


I am still concerned about our forthcoming Christmas trip to Germany in particular when I look at the extraordinarily high incidence rate in some areas as shown in the chart below. At least Hannover and area is a more reasonable 152,9 which is nevertheless much higher than what we are experiencing here in France and the Occitanie region.


Snowfalls expected in the Pyrenees



Seasonal snack


Something excellent which brings back loads of memories




Has anyone heard from Paul?


Some more gems from crazy USA


❒ Millionaire German shepherd looks to sell former Madonna estate.

❒ Crab migration shuts down roads in Australia.

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