Thursday March 26th
Not too much to report so far today. President Macron made a TV appearance yesterday evening from the Military Camp Hospital which has been erected in the past few days. His message was very much to thank the medical profession, everyone who is involved in fighting the virus and the population in general who is getting fairly disciplined and obverses confinement rules. Much will be done after the crisis to re-evaluate jobs and financial packages in particular to the medical profession.
No news yet on the inevitable extension of the confinement period
This post will be updating during the day if new information is available
Due to the recent measures adopted for Covid-19, RTCA has introduced new timetables on the urban network. The timetables are available on the RTCA website.
►Information: Use of bicycle. Statement (to be verified) from the Sports Ministry.
The use of the bicycle is authorised, provided that the user is the bearer of the duly completed certificate, for journeys between home and work, to make essential purchases, for health reasons, compelling family reasons, legal summons, purchase of supplies or participation in a mission of general interest.
Not for the sole purpose of exercising
I have been searching the web page of the Ministry of Sports and cannot yet find any confirmation of the above.
►Information: Exemption certificate latest update As mentioned yesterday evening there are a couple of additional information. Members of the same household can go out together and you can go out to get cash…
In application of the state of public health emergency, travel is prohibited except in the following cases and only on the condition that a certificate for :
Travel between home and the place of work, when it is essential for the exercise of activities that cannot be organised in the form of teleworking or business trips that cannot be postponed.
Travel to make purchases of supplies necessary for the professional activity and essential purchases  in establishments whose activities remain authorised.
Consultations and care that cannot be provided at a distance and cannot be postponed; care of patients with long-term conditions.
Travel for compelling family reasons, assistance to vulnerable persons or childcare.
Short journeys, within the limit of one hour per day and within a maximum radius of one kilometre around the home, related either to the individual physical activity of persons, excluding any collective sporting activity and any proximity to other persons, or to walking with only the persons grouped together in the same home, or to the needs of pets.
Judicial or administrative summons.
Participation in missions of general interest at the request of the administrative authority.
 Including acquisitions free of charge (distribution of foodstuffs, etc.) and travel related to the receipt of social benefits and cash withdrawals.
►Information: Consultation sites dedicated to Covid-19
The ARS Occitanie, in partnership with the departmental medical orders of the Aude, the ARS Occitanie, the Aude Departmental Medical Association and the Aude Regional Medical Association, has been working with the ARS Occitanie for the past two years.
Association départementale de permanence de soins (APSA11), the URPS private practitioners and the primary health insurance fund of the Aude region, is organising the opening of dedicated consultation in the department of Aude.
Relying on multi-professional health centres, but also doctor’s offices, these sites offer dedicated patient care Covid-19 and thus allow :
1. to ensure the care of Covid-19 patients by private physicians.
2. to have an outpatient department run by private doctors for the purpose of
patients with mild symptoms.
This sector will come in complement to the channel dedicated to heavier patients, taken care of by the Hospital Center.
Since Monday, March 23rd, two sites have opened: at the Medical Guard House of
Carcassonne and at the House of Family Associations in Trèbes and thus allow access to as many patients as possible. They welcome patients with symptoms, in order to limit the use of emergencies, thereby helping to curb the spread of the virus. Patient consultations are carried out by appointment based on requests transmitted by the treating physicians and/or the call centre 15.
At the end of the consultation, the doctor determines the most appropriate follow-up according to the following criteria signs presented by the patient.
The consultation site dedicated to Covid19 in Carcassonne is open from 4 pm to 7 pm, Monday to Friday.
The consultation site dedicated to Covid19 on Trèbes is open from 2 to 5 pm, from Monday to Friday.
Other dedicated sites are under study and will open in the next few days.
Stay at home and if you go out, you must respect the barrier gestures in order to avoid
the spread of the virus and social distancing instructions.
►Information: Weekly market
The mayor asked the prefect to authorise the Saturday market, after receiving “dozens” of requests from elderly people in the centre of Carcassonne.
Will the prefecture of Aude authorize, as an exception to the measures to tighten the confinement announced by the Prime Minister on Monday, the holding of the traditional market on Place Carnot, Saturday morning in Carcassonne? It is in any case the request made in this direction by the mayor, Gerard Larrat.
Let us wait and see
►Information: Official sites I use to obtain and/or verify information
- Government information page on Covid-19: (Link)
- Legifrance :Site where decrees and French law is kept up to date (Link) Translations of French laws are available in English & other languages on this site.
- Service Public (Link) This site is extremely useful in normal conditions for all the administrative procedures you might need.
- La region Occitanie (Link) Not always up to date but worth a look once in a while.
- Prefecture de l’Aude: (Link)
- Carcassonne Town: (Link)
►Fun: From chocolate to weather report
I see that our friend Brent is now a reporter for Meteo Pyrénées. The complete article can be found here.
► International Statistics: Top 10 countries according to the deaths count.
Wednesday 25th March
Spain has now also overtaken China for the number of deaths.
Tuesday 24th March
► Percentage increase of deaths from one day to the other:
USA is again toping the chart for the largest increase in deaths from one day to the other. Belgium is making an appearance in the top league.
► Regional Statistics: Occitanie & Aude
There is an alarming increase of new cases in Occitanie in the past 24 hours. +44%