Daily Post – July 7th

Living through a pandemic

in the south of France

473 days in Carcassonne since

1st lockdown in March 2020

DAILY STATISTICS HERE

▫️ VERY MOBILE NEWS DESK

I might be in hospital, it does not mean I cannot function. I just wish the internal WIFI was working instead of having to rely on my phone’s 4G connection. Am I wishing I had a 5G connection?

📖 TOUR DE FRANCE

Since I am stuck here till at least Friday, I shall miss some of the show in town since Carcassonne is a stop over town on this year’s Tour de France. They are due in on Friday and due to depart on Saturday.

A lot of the roads are already marked as closing down to normal traffic. It will be chaos in town.

▫️ FUN

▫️ FOOD AND DRINKS

Hospital food – 1st Dinner

Actually not bad at all or was really hungry

▫️ TRAVEL NEWS

Some new items are available on the Travel Page

▫️   MUSIC

▫️   SATIRE

▫️ NEWS FROM ACROSS THE POND 🇺🇸

▫️  ADDITIONAL READS FOR TODAY

✏️

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New bed

My residence for the next few days. Just arrived and getting my bearings.

Let us see what they have in store for me.

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Daily Post – July 4th

Living through a pandemic

in the south of France

470 days in Carcassonne since

1st lockdown in March 2020

DAILY STATISTICS HERE

Happy Independence Day to all my US friends

📍 Did you know? 🇺🇸 : By an extraordinary coincidence, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, the only two signatories of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as presidents of the United States, both died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration. Although not a signatory of the Declaration of Independence, James Monroe, another Founding Father who was elected as president, also died on July 4, 1831, making him the third President who died on the anniversary of independence. The only U.S. president to have been born on Independence Day was Calvin Coolidge, who was born on July 4, 1872.

📍 And on July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, declaring: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

For all the fact that the congressmen got around the sticky problem of Black and Indigenous enslavement by defining “men” as “white men,” and for all that it never crossed their minds that women might also have rights, the Declaration of Independence was an astonishingly radical document. In a world that had been dominated by a small class of rich men for so long that most people simply accepted that they should be forever tied to their status at birth, a group of upstart legislators clinging to the edge of a continent declared that no man was born better than any other. America was founded on the radical idea that all men are created equal.

© Heather Cox Richardson

▫️ NEWSDESK

📖 3006 CASES IN 24 HOURS: 6th DAY OF CONTINUING INCREASE

While the number of patients hospitalised for Covid continues to fall, the number of new cases is again on the rise in France. And the trend is now clear. This is the sixth consecutive day of increased cases compared to the previous week. Compared to last Saturday, the number of new cases has even increased by 41%.

📖 NARBONNE: fire in the Massif de la Clape, 250 hectares burnt and a campsite evacuated

A vegetation fire broke out shortly after midday on Saturday 3 July in the Clape, near Hospitalet, next to the orientation table, in the commune of Narbonne.
The Fire and Rescue Service sent in very large resources to contain the flames. Twelve forest fire trucks and command vehicles were on site. The fire spread rapidly through an area of low vegetation, brush and pine trees.

The flames spread further south from the initial focus, on the hill above Narbonne-Plage, towards Gruissan. “Three estates were evacuated, including Rouquette and Pech Rouge and the Soleil d’Oc campsite, with a total of 150 people evacuated by the gendarmerie. The difficulty lies in the fact that the wind is constantly changing” explains Lieutenant-Colonel Eric Felten of the SDIS.
The aerial means are also important: 6 canadairs, 3 dash, a water bomber helicopter carried out 90 drops, in addition to the command helicopter.

▫️ LOTTERY

It is not often that I praise what’s happening in the US, maybe because today is their National Day (Independence Day) I shall make an exception.

I came across this article in the local Otsego (Michigan) headlines which I tend to read on-line on a regular basis which reports that in order to entice people to receive the anti-Covid vaccine they have created a lottery called the Michigan Shot to Win. Apparently it is quite a success (see below):

I think it might even work in France

▫️ FOOD AND DRINKS

Went to “Les Halles” late yesterday afternoon. Best time of the day, hardly anybody around and the shelves are fully loaded. Excellent place for vegetables and fruits.

Found what I was really looking for

Delicious super fresh figs

▫️ TRAVEL NEWS

I have decided to keep the Posting as short as possible to create a Page within the Blog where all the travel news will be posted. I have already copied and pasted the existing information. The link to the page can be found in the Blog’s heading as shown below.

▫️   MUSIC

Meanwhile in Germany, my friend Carlos celebrated yesterday his 12 years as manager of my favorite pub with a typical German band.

Thank you Klaus for the clip. I trust everyone had a good time.

▫️   SATIRE

Arrested evolution

▫️ NEWS FROM ACROSS THE POND 🇺🇸

▫️  ADDITIONAL READS FOR TODAY

✏️ AirCar prototype completes its first inter-city flight

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Daily Post – July 3rd

Living through a pandemic

in the south of France

469 days in Carcassonne since

1st lockdown in March 2020

DAILY STATISTICS HERE

▫️ NEWS

Not in a productive mood today and I must admit have not been in the past few weeks. My doc called me yesterday after having received my blood test, of the same day, results and confirmed what I suspected: an extremely low haemoglobin count… Why, we need to find out. He gave me the option to go straight to emergency at the hospital or ride it out till Monday when he hopefully will have secured an appointment with a specialist. I decided to stay home, pack a bag in case and if things worsen a quick call to the emergency number “15” will do the trick.

Funny enough, I have felt slightly out of sorts and in this lethargic kind of state since my anti-Covid 19 injections. Coincidence I suppose.

Anyway, the real news of the day is that where-ever you look, TV, papers etc) the 4th wave is upon us which does not appear to be as dramatic as everyone wants to make you believe. For sure the number of new cases are on the increase again but on the other hand the number of hospitalisations and ICU patients are still decreasing. This is the proof that the vaccinations are working and prevent serious cases.

There is quite n interesting article in today’s “Le Monde” newspaper on the subject and entitled “Covid-19: Vaccinated people account for 40% of new cases in Israel (and this is good news)”. Here is the link to the article in French. If I find the energy, I shall translate it later today.

I took the time and translated it, see below:

Article © Le Monde – Translation © J2S 2021

Covid-19: Vaccinated people account for 40% of new cases in Israel

(And that’s good news)

BEHIND THE NUMBERS – In countries where vaccination is very advanced, a proportion of new infections occur among the vaccinated, which may seem counterintuitive. But this is normal and expected.

In Israel, where the Delta variant is causing a slow rise in the number of SARS-CoV-2 infections, the former Director General of Health stated that 40% to 50% of these new cases were among fully vaccinated people. At first glance, this information is surprising and even worrying as to the real effectiveness of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which benefited the Israeli population. However, the phenomenon was completely foreseeable, and it confirms in reality the capacity of vaccines to protect against the SARS-CoV-2 infection, and especially against the serious forms of Covid-19.

Explanation.

Currently available vaccines, however effective they may be in preventing severe forms of Covid-19 (hospitalisations, deaths), cannot protect 100% of those vaccinated against infection. A large study of the Israeli population, conducted from the end of January 2021 to the beginning of April and published in The Lancet, estimated the effectiveness of Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine at 95.3% against the risk of infection for fully vaccinated people (two doses). This means that just under 5% of those vaccinated can still be infected with SARS-CoV-2. The figure could even increase in the case of the Delta variant, which is thought to be more contagious than the Alpha variant, which was dominant at the time of the study.

Spontaneously, after reading this information, one would expect that the proportion of vaccinated people among the new infections observed would not exceed 5 to 10%. From this point of view, a figure of between 40 and 50% can be seen as very high.

But this reasoning only holds when the two groups being compared (the vaccinated and the non-vaccinated) are of equivalent size. In Israel, the proportion of vaccinated adults was estimated at the beginning of July to be around 85%.

The rest is quite simple to understand: if the vaccinated are overwhelmingly in the majority, even the small fraction of those who do not escape infection represent a significant number in absolute terms. They can therefore account for a large proportion of infections when the virus is circulating only weakly, as is the case in Israel today. The diagram below shows the proportions of vaccination mentioned. Among the infected are one vaccinated and one non-vaccinated (each counting for 50%, therefore). Thus, the “infected blue” represents only 4% of all those vaccinated, while the “infected red” alone accounts for a quarter (25%) of all those not vaccinated.

If we look at the actual figures for Israel:

As of 1 July, there were about 5.17 million fully vaccinated adults out of the 6 million adults in the Hebrew state and 442,000 partially vaccinated. This leaves about half a million unvaccinated adults.
On 30 June, there were 291 new cases, of which about 40% had been fully vaccinated. This means that there were approximately 116 cases from vaccinated adults (or 2.2 cases per 100,000 inhabitants) and 175 cases from unvaccinated or partially vaccinated adults (or 19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants).
Proportionally, there are about 8.5 times more infections in people who are not fully vaccinated: this gives an effectiveness of about 90%.
The reasoning can be taken to its logical conclusion: if 100% of Israelis were vaccinated, all new infections would come from vaccinated people. Their share of new cases in Israel thus only reflects the fact that they are now in the vast majority. But this in no way undermines the effectiveness of vaccines in containing the epidemic. Since 1 June, Israel has recorded “only” 21 deaths from Covid-19 and none since 25 June.

▫️ PURCHASES ABROAD (non EU)

Since 1 July 2021, following a new European directive, VAT has been applied to all imported goods from outside the European Union and destined for mainland France and the French overseas departments, in addition to any customs duties.

It is recommended to pay the 20% VAT on the e.commerce site of the retailer at the time of purchase in order to avoid additional customs clearance fees.

My recommendation of course is to buy French or from the EU.

▫️ STORK NEWS

I posted yesterday that “Lorraine” flew out of the nest round lunch time. She did not return to the nest at all and everybody was worried about it’s whereabout.

I posted yesterday that “Lorraine” flew out of the nest round lunch time. She did not return to the nest at all and everybody was worried. Well, it landed in a yard and was unable to take off again. The vet from the group keeping an eye on the birds said: ” Lorraine had the bodywork, engine but was missing gasoline, fuel and energy to take off the ground.”

They will feed her for a couple of days till she regains enough strength to try and fly again

▫️ TRAVEL NEWS – From France’s point of view. (🔸 =New since previous post)

02/07: South Korea has decided to grant a quarantine exemption to people fully vaccinated against covid who wish to enter the country for commercial, academic, public, humanitarian or family visit purposes. Tourists are not yet allowed to enter. 🔸
02/07: Australia has unveiled plans to reopen its borders from 2022. 🔸
02/07: New health restrictions on Java and Bali in Indonesia from 3 to 20 July. Source. Bali postpones opening its borders to international tourists. 🔸
02/07 : Hungary now allows entry of persons holding the European Covid Digital Certificate. 🔸
02/07: Vaccinated people no longer need to be tested on arrival in Iceland.🔸
02/07: Portugal reinstates curfew in 45 municipalities, including Lisbon and Porto. People who have been vaccinated or who have already had the covid no longer have to present a test. 🔸

01/07: Vaccinated people can now travel to Phuket Island in Thailand without quarantine. It is possible to visit the rest of Thailand after spending at least 14 days in Phuket.
01/07: Testing or vaccination is no longer required for travel to Cyprus. However, it is still necessary to complete the CyprusFlightPass beforehand.

29/06: Lithuania no longer requires quarantine on arrival. 29/06: Latvia no longer imposes quarantine on arrival.
29/06: From 1 July, Tunisia requires a negative PCR test less than 72 hours old, even for vaccinated travellers. The country will be under curfew from 8pm to 5am.
29/06 : Sweden no longer requires a test for Europeans who have been vaccinated or who have already had the covid.
29/06: Denmark no longer imposes a quarantine on travellers from most EU countries including France.


28/06: Mauritius will reopen its borders to vaccinated travellers on 15 July in “resort bubbles” limited to resorts (including pool and beach).
28/06: UK may soon let in vaccinated travellers without quarantine.
28/06: Trinidad and Tobago to reopen its borders on 17 July.
28/06: Uganda’s land borders are now closed to passenger vehicles.
28/06: The National Academy of Medicine recommends that non-vaccinated people pay for travel tests.
28/06: Switzerland: travel quarantine requirement lifted for people coming from the Schengen area.
28/06: Egypt no longer requires PCR tests for vaccinated people.
28/06: Thailand applies new restrictions.

24/06: People who have been vaccinated or who have already had covid can now enter Norway without quarantine. .
24/06: The US says restarting international tourism is a priority, but has not yet announced a date for reopening borders to Europeans. . 24/06: From 1 July, vaccinated people will no longer need to be tested on arrival in Iceland or quarantined while waiting for the results.
24/06: The Netherlands no longer requires a test for travellers from France.
24/06: Israel postpones the opening of its borders to tourists until 1 August.

23/06: Russia, Namibia and Seychelles have been added to the red list 🔴 of countries for which a compelling reason is required to travel from France, even for vaccinated people.
23/06: By plane or by boat, travellers who wanted to travel between Guadeloupe and Martinique will no longer be isolated on arrival.
23/06: Australia begins to reopen its borders to vaccinated students.


22/06: The islands of Koh Tao, Koh Samui, and Koh Phangan in Thailand could reopen to vaccinated people as early as July 15, shortly after Phuket opens on July 1.
22/06: Travellers, even unvaccinated, can now enter Montenegro without a test.
22/06: People who have been vaccinated or who have already had covid are now exempt from PCR testing to enter Italy.
22/06: Hong Kong to reduce quarantine time to 7 days for vaccinated people.
22/06: As of July 5, fully vaccinated travellers who are allowed to enter Canada will no longer be required to quarantine or test on the 8th day after arrival. In addition, fully vaccinated air travellers will not be required to stay in a government-approved hotel. However, tourists are still not allowed in until at least 21 July.


21/06: Estonia no longer imposes a quarantine on travellers from France.
21/06: The land border between Guinea and Senegal will be reopened very soon.
21/06: Niger has reopened its land borders.
21/06: Tunisia announces a general lockdown in four regions.
21/06: Norway to reopen its borders on 24 June.
21/06: The Czech Republic has reopened its borders.
21/06: Finland has reopened its borders to people who have been vaccinated or who have already had the covid.
21/06: Canada extends the closure of the land border with the United States until at least July 21.


19/06: Following Germany’s classification of Namibia as a country with a variant of concern, as of midnight Saturday 19, French nationals not resident in Germany are no longer allowed to board a flight to Europe via Germany.


18/06: In contrast to the easing of health restrictions in several European countries, Portugal has decided to ban entry to and exit from the Lisbon area over the weekend.
18/06: France is now placed in a green zone by Romania. Travellers arriving from France are exempt from quarantine and no longer need to present a PCR test on arrival in Romania.
18/06: Germany has removed France from its list of travel risk areas. There is therefore no longer a quarantine.

17/06: Indonesia may start to reopen its borders in July, but it is not clear how.
17/06: The UK is considering re-allowing vaccinated Britons to travel. It is not yet known whether vaccinated Europeans will be able to enter the kingdom without quarantine.
17/06: Ireland to reopen its borders without quarantine on 19 July.
17/06: Latvia has reopened its borders.
17/06: Hungary will reopen its borders on 24 June.
17/06: The list of green, orange and red countries for entry to and exit from France has been updated:

▸ Canada, USA move to green list (but these countries do not yet allow travellers from Europe)

▸ Turkey moves to orange list

▸ Afghanistan, Maldives and Paraguay move to red list


17/06: Unvaccinated people without compelling reasons can now travel to French Polynesia if they have been in the US for at least 15 days (previously 1 month) even if they are not American.


16/06: Thailand gives itself 120 days to fully reopen its borders. Source
16/06: Malawi closes land and sea borders. Source : Email from Malawi Tourism Council

15/06: Morocco has reopened its air and sea borders.
15/06: The launch of the health pass in the European Union is scheduled for 1 July, but Member States retain the possibility of reintroducing certain travel restrictions, particularly in the case of variants. States agreed to harmonise the validity periods of PCR tests (no more than 72 hours before arrival at destination) and antigenic tests (no more than 48 hours). They also agreed that travelling children under 12 years of age should be exempt from testing and that minors travelling with their parents or an accompanying adult should not be required to undergo quarantine if the accompanying adult is not subject to it. However, the implementation of these decisions is not binding.


14/06: Vaccinated travellers will no longer need a PCR test to enter Kyrgyzstan from 19 June.
14/06: Vaccinated people no longer need to be tested to enter Bosnia and Herzegovina.


12/06: The first phase of the reopening of the borders of Mauritius will start on 15 July, provided you are vaccinated and test negative. A 14-day quarantine will be imposed. Unrestricted travel to Mauritius will not be possible until 1 October.


11/06: France is now placed by the Romanian authorities in the “yellow zone”, with reduced entry conditions. Travellers arriving from France are exempt from quarantine.
11/06: Vaccinated people no longer need to be tested to enter Honduras.


10/06: As of 21 June, it will be possible to download a certificate of vaccination, certified in accordance with European standards, with English subtitles, from the Health Insurance teleservice. This certificate will be part of the authorised proof for travelling within the European Union as of 1 July.


09/06: The United States on Tuesday took the first measured steps towards a return to international travel, easing its warning to people wishing to travel to several countries, including France, and announcing the creation of working groups with key partners to prepare for this resumption.
09/06: Vaccinated people can now travel outside the EU directly from France without compelling reasons. Non-vaccinated tourists can only leave Europe from a country other than France. See the rules for entering / leaving France
09/06 : Guadeloupe, Martinique and Saint-Martin : End of the compelling reason. PCR test less than 72 hours old, even for vaccinated persons. Self-isolation of 7 days for non-vaccinated persons.
09/06 : Reunion and Mayotte : End of the urgent reason only for vaccinated persons. PCR test of less than 72 hours.
09/06: French Polynesia: End of urgent reason only for vaccinated persons. PCR test less than 72 hours old.
09/06: French Guiana, New Caledonia and Wallis and Futuna: Compelling reason maintained
09/06: Canada may begin to gradually open its border with the United States to vaccinated people from 22 June.

▫️   MUSIC

Every month I receive a summary of the music I listened to the previous month via Deezer. The email for June arrived a short while ago. I thought it might have been a King Crimson month, obviously not.

▫️   SATIRE

▫️ NEWS FROM ACROSS THE POND 🇺🇸

 ▫️  THE FABULOUS FRIDAY (FUNNIES) GROANS from Paul

▫️  ADDITIONAL READS FOR TODAY

Study shows mixing AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines generates strong immune response against COVID-19 

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And then there were 4

If you have been following the evolution of the storks in Sarralbe via the dedicated Webcam, you probably have noticed one of them has gone.

In fact it took its 1st flight today July 2nd at 12:05. Will it come back to the nest? Apparently they do if they do not get lost.

Four of the five chicks have had GPS trackers fixed to them so it will be possible to follow their movements and future flight paths. I have to find out how.

For the past week or so, the chicks are left alone. Both parents are away all day and only come back for feeding time once in the morning and once in the evening. The female usually spends the night on the nest before going hunting again.

I wonder what will her reaction be this evening when she flies back and find one of the chicks missing…

In case you are interested, I have looked for and found more details on this family:

The parents are called Mélodie and Maurice.

The 1st chick “Thomas” was born on April 23rd around 11:25am

The 2nd chick “Lorraine” on April 24th around 1:15am. Lorraine is the one who flew for the 1st time earlier today. Thomas has been trying but has some missing feathers…

The 3rd one “France Bleu” also on the 24th around 5:15am

The 4th one “Mirabelle” on April 26 around 3am

The 5th one “Chanel” (because he is #5) on April 27th around 9:05pm

In the meantime all the chicks have been tagged on their legs and with the exception of Chanel who was too small, all have been fitted with a GPS tracker.

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Daily Post – July 1st

Living through a pandemic

in the south of France

467 days in Carcassonne since

1st lockdown in March 2020

DAILY STATISTICS HERE

▫️ NEWS – Deconfinement Stage IV as of yesterday as planned

With the exception of the Landes region where the Delta Variant is currently very active, stage IV of the de-confinement plan took effect on 30/06 in France.

With the exception of the Landes region where the Delta Variant is currently very active, stage IV of the de-confinement plan took effect on June 30th in France.

🔸 Standing up at concerts and festivals can resume
After a 15-month ban, concert halls and festivals are back in session, this time standing up. These events can accommodate up to 75% of their capacity indoors and 100% outdoors. The presentation of a health pass (including a vaccination certificate, a negative test or proof of an infection less than three months old) is still compulsory above 1000 spectators. In the latter case, and only in this case, “wearing a mask will no longer be compulsory but recommended”, stressed Culture Minister Roselyne Bachelot. Discotheques will remain closed until 9 July and will be subject to the same limits as concert halls.

🔸 End of capacity limits in establishments
This time, restaurants, cinemas or museums are allowed to receive as many customers as they can. The abandonment of the gauges set by the authorities concerns all establishments receiving the public: sports halls, swimming pools and shops are also targeted. However, the wearing of masks and the respect of physical distance are maintained in these closed places.

🔸 Return of sports competitions
Contact sports resumed yesterday in the indoor arenas. As the Ministry of Sport states, in phase 4, “the practice of all sports activities is authorised without restriction, with contact in the open air and in enclosed and covered spaces”. Outdoors, amateur sports competitions can once again accommodate 2,500 people, while a health pass is still required from 1,000 people onwards.

▫️ TRAVEL NEWS – From France’s point of view. (🔸 =New since previous post)

01/07: Vaccinated people can now travel to Phuket Island in Thailand without quarantine. It is possible to visit the rest of Thailand after spending at least 14 days in Phuket.🔸
01/07: Testing or vaccination is no longer required for travel to Cyprus. However, it is still necessary to complete the CyprusFlightPass beforehand. 🔸

29/06: Lithuania no longer requires quarantine on arrival. 29/06: Latvia no longer imposes quarantine on arrival. 🔸
29/06: From 1 July, Tunisia requires a negative PCR test less than 72 hours old, even for vaccinated travellers. The country will be under curfew from 8pm to 5am. 🔸
29/06 : Sweden no longer requires a test for Europeans who have been vaccinated or who have already had the covid. 🔸
29/06: Denmark no longer imposes a quarantine on travellers from most EU countries including France.


28/06: Mauritius will reopen its borders to vaccinated travellers on 15 July in “resort bubbles” limited to resorts (including pool and beach). 🔸
28/06: UK may soon let in vaccinated travellers without quarantine. 🔸
28/06: Trinidad and Tobago to reopen its borders on 17 July. 🔸
28/06: Uganda’s land borders are now closed to passenger vehicles. 🔸
28/06: The National Academy of Medicine recommends that non-vaccinated people pay for travel tests. 🔸
28/06: Switzerland: travel quarantine requirement lifted for people coming from the Schengen area. 🔸
28/06: Egypt no longer requires PCR tests for vaccinated people. 🔸
28/06: Thailand applies new restrictions.

24/06: People who have been vaccinated or who have already had covid can now enter Norway without quarantine. .
24/06: The US says restarting international tourism is a priority, but has not yet announced a date for reopening borders to Europeans. . 24/06: From 1 July, vaccinated people will no longer need to be tested on arrival in Iceland or quarantined while waiting for the results.
24/06: The Netherlands no longer requires a test for travellers from France.
24/06: Israel postpones the opening of its borders to tourists until 1 August.

23/06: Russia, Namibia and Seychelles have been added to the red list 🔴 of countries for which a compelling reason is required to travel from France, even for vaccinated people.
23/06: By plane or by boat, travellers who wanted to travel between Guadeloupe and Martinique will no longer be isolated on arrival.
23/06: Australia begins to reopen its borders to vaccinated students.


22/06: The islands of Koh Tao, Koh Samui, and Koh Phangan in Thailand could reopen to vaccinated people as early as July 15, shortly after Phuket opens on July 1.
22/06: Travellers, even unvaccinated, can now enter Montenegro without a test.
22/06: People who have been vaccinated or who have already had covid are now exempt from PCR testing to enter Italy.
22/06: Hong Kong to reduce quarantine time to 7 days for vaccinated people.
22/06: As of July 5, fully vaccinated travellers who are allowed to enter Canada will no longer be required to quarantine or test on the 8th day after arrival. In addition, fully vaccinated air travellers will not be required to stay in a government-approved hotel. However, tourists are still not allowed in until at least 21 July.


21/06: Estonia no longer imposes a quarantine on travellers from France.
21/06: The land border between Guinea and Senegal will be reopened very soon.
21/06: Niger has reopened its land borders.
21/06: Tunisia announces a general lockdown in four regions.
21/06: Norway to reopen its borders on 24 June.
21/06: The Czech Republic has reopened its borders.
21/06: Finland has reopened its borders to people who have been vaccinated or who have already had the covid.
21/06: Canada extends the closure of the land border with the United States until at least July 21.


19/06: Following Germany’s classification of Namibia as a country with a variant of concern, as of midnight Saturday 19, French nationals not resident in Germany are no longer allowed to board a flight to Europe via Germany.


18/06: In contrast to the easing of health restrictions in several European countries, Portugal has decided to ban entry to and exit from the Lisbon area over the weekend.
18/06: France is now placed in a green zone by Romania. Travellers arriving from France are exempt from quarantine and no longer need to present a PCR test on arrival in Romania.
18/06: Germany has removed France from its list of travel risk areas. There is therefore no longer a quarantine.

17/06: Indonesia may start to reopen its borders in July, but it is not clear how.
17/06: The UK is considering re-allowing vaccinated Britons to travel. It is not yet known whether vaccinated Europeans will be able to enter the kingdom without quarantine.
17/06: Ireland to reopen its borders without quarantine on 19 July.
17/06: Latvia has reopened its borders.
17/06: Hungary will reopen its borders on 24 June.
17/06: The list of green, orange and red countries for entry to and exit from France has been updated:

▸ Canada, USA move to green list (but these countries do not yet allow travellers from Europe)

▸ Turkey moves to orange list

▸ Afghanistan, Maldives and Paraguay move to red list


17/06: Unvaccinated people without compelling reasons can now travel to French Polynesia if they have been in the US for at least 15 days (previously 1 month) even if they are not American.


16/06: Thailand gives itself 120 days to fully reopen its borders. Source
16/06: Malawi closes land and sea borders. Source : Email from Malawi Tourism Council

15/06: Morocco has reopened its air and sea borders.
15/06: The launch of the health pass in the European Union is scheduled for 1 July, but Member States retain the possibility of reintroducing certain travel restrictions, particularly in the case of variants. States agreed to harmonise the validity periods of PCR tests (no more than 72 hours before arrival at destination) and antigenic tests (no more than 48 hours). They also agreed that travelling children under 12 years of age should be exempt from testing and that minors travelling with their parents or an accompanying adult should not be required to undergo quarantine if the accompanying adult is not subject to it. However, the implementation of these decisions is not binding.


14/06: Vaccinated travellers will no longer need a PCR test to enter Kyrgyzstan from 19 June.
14/06: Vaccinated people no longer need to be tested to enter Bosnia and Herzegovina.


12/06: The first phase of the reopening of the borders of Mauritius will start on 15 July, provided you are vaccinated and test negative. A 14-day quarantine will be imposed. Unrestricted travel to Mauritius will not be possible until 1 October.


11/06: France is now placed by the Romanian authorities in the “yellow zone”, with reduced entry conditions. Travellers arriving from France are exempt from quarantine.
11/06: Vaccinated people no longer need to be tested to enter Honduras.


10/06: As of 21 June, it will be possible to download a certificate of vaccination, certified in accordance with European standards, with English subtitles, from the Health Insurance teleservice. This certificate will be part of the authorised proof for travelling within the European Union as of 1 July.


09/06: The United States on Tuesday took the first measured steps towards a return to international travel, easing its warning to people wishing to travel to several countries, including France, and announcing the creation of working groups with key partners to prepare for this resumption.
09/06: Vaccinated people can now travel outside the EU directly from France without compelling reasons. Non-vaccinated tourists can only leave Europe from a country other than France. See the rules for entering / leaving France
09/06 : Guadeloupe, Martinique and Saint-Martin : End of the compelling reason. PCR test less than 72 hours old, even for vaccinated persons. Self-isolation of 7 days for non-vaccinated persons.
09/06 : Reunion and Mayotte : End of the urgent reason only for vaccinated persons. PCR test of less than 72 hours.
09/06: French Polynesia: End of urgent reason only for vaccinated persons. PCR test less than 72 hours old.
09/06: French Guiana, New Caledonia and Wallis and Futuna: Compelling reason maintained
09/06: Canada may begin to gradually open its border with the United States to vaccinated people from 22 June.

▫️   SATIRE

▫️   GADGET

Nothing says summer quite like a cooler full of beer, but it wouldn’t be 2021 without a modern twist on the concept. Meet the Beer Outdoor Transporter or BOT from Heineken. It can hold up to 12 cans of beer, will follow you almost anywhere and has a “charming” AI personality.

I wonder if it would be allowed on the golf course

▫️ NEWS FROM ACROSS THE POND 🇺🇸

Fox’s Harris Faulkner: The Florida Building Collapse Was “God’s Plan”

Last week, a high rise building in Miami, Florida collapsed. The death toll for the tragedy has yet to be revealed as bodies are still being recovered. President Joe Biden nearly immediately offered help to the state and those affected.

Fox News, though, has quickly decided that the incident is a political matter. On Monday, Tomi Lahren declared the tragedy to be a “shining moment” for Florida’s GOP governor Ron DeSantis. And Tuesday afternoon, Harris Faulkner claimed that the incident was “God’s plan.”

Somehow, the Fox host connected the tragedy to Democratic calls to cut police funding. She told viewers, “You can have all the rules and the codes but you have to have enforcement behind them. And I liken that to where we are with the defund the police conversation. It’s like, yeah, you can have all these laws but law enforcement without police doesn’t really count.”

Faulkner also felt that survivors would be found despite the devastation. She continued, “This is not hope against hope at every turn. This is hope backed up by faith backed up by facts.”

Former press secretary Kayleigh McEnany also took part in the segment. She  agreed that there were survivors yet to be found.

Faulkner closed the segment, “You just don’t know God’s plan.”

▫️  ADDITIONAL READS FOR TODAY

Study shows mixing AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines generates strong immune response against COVID-19 

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Almond time

The French grown almonds are now in season. My usual supplier at the market had some this morning and I could purchase a couple of kilos. There is nothing more delicious than a fresh almond, especially with a thin slice of cheese.

I shall have to get some more on Saturday.

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More comic books

Going through my lists of books “to get” I realised to my horror that I was missing the last 3 Buck Danny. I immediately logged on to the publishing company Dupuis‘s web site and ordered the missing items.

They arrived yesterday and I could enjoy reading them sitting outside.

They are now on the shelf in my office in the space dedicated to Buck Danny’s adventures and other comic books relating to aviation in general.

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New toy

This rather large packet was delivered yesterday afternoon and left in the entrance hall which was not so convenient.

I decided I would attempt to move it in the office which is where the contents will be assembled. Prior to do this, I had to remove the door to the office to make some space, take my armchair out into the living room (for the time being). That was easier said than done. I cannot remember out we got the armchair in that room in the first place.

Then came the not so easy part. The package weighs 80 kg and I had to lift it up on its side before dragging it into the office. That is an effort I could have done without.

Once in the office and after a recuperation period, I decided to unpack it. The instruction highly recommended 2 persons to put it together but with a fair amount of ingenuity (even if I say so myself) and use of levers I managed to assemble the beast.

I did try it for a short while this morning and everything appears to be functional

Will it be used as often as expected?

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Daily Post – June 27th

Living through a pandemic

in the south of France

463 days in Carcassonne since

1st lockdown in March 2020

DAILY STATISTICS HERE

▫️ NEWS

A resurgence of the epidemic has been observed in some countries where an improvement in the situation and an advance in the vaccination campaign had made it possible to lift health restrictions. This increase in cases, mainly related to the Delta variant, concerns :

Australia: all eyes are on Sydney. On 26 June, the authorities imposed a two-week total re-containment of the city, which is facing an outbreak of new cases caused by the Delta variant. In this country, which has so far contained the spread of Covid rather well, more than 80 people have tested positive this week, all linked to a driver who drove airline crews from Sydney airport to quarantine hotels. For its part, New Zealand suspended the “air bubble” allowing non-quarantine flights with Australia for three days on 26 June.

UK: by 22 June, nearly 65% of the population had received a first dose, mainly from AstraZeneca. But while the country has seen an improvement in the situation since the end of April, with an average of almost 2,000 cases over seven days, it is not out of the epidemic. By Wednesday, more than 15,800 new cases had been reported. Faced with the surge in the Delta variant, which now accounts for nearly 90% of new infections, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has postponed the lifting of the latest anti-Covid restrictions until 19 July.

Portugal: On Tuesday, the country reported almost 1,500 new cases of coronavirus infection in 24 hours, a new daily record since 20 February. Two days earlier, Portugal’s National Health Institute (Insa) reported that the Delta variant had become predominant in the greater Lisbon area, accounting for more than 60% of new cases detected. The Minister of Health acknowledged that the country could have “acted differently” to prevent this spread. Portugal was the only EU country that British tourists were able to visit for three weeks between mid-May and early June, when the Delta variant, which emerged in India, was already circulating in the UK.

Israel: the country has announced that it will postpone the reopening of its territory to tourists until 1 August and is preparing for new measures to contain the coronavirus epidemic, with cases increasing in the country despite a large vaccination campaign. According to the Israeli Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, this increase in infections is due to the spread of the Delta variant. However, this increase in cases is slight compared to other countries, since the average over seven days was 50 cases on 23 June. The country, which prided itself on being the first to emerge from the health crisis thanks to a vast vaccination campaign, reinstated the obligation to wear a mask in closed public places and businesses on 25 June.

An increase due to the Delta variant and a weak vaccination campaign for some countries

Russia: more than 20,000 new coronavirus infections and 568 deaths were recorded in 24 hours, one of the highest daily totals since January, according to figures released Thursday by the government. The explosion since mid-June has been driven by the Delta variant, which accounts for nearly 90% of the infections in Moscow. In response to the outbreak, the mayor of the Russian capital has made vaccination compulsory in the service sector, while the immunisation campaign has lagged since December amid Russian mistrust of vaccines. St Petersburg, which is hosting Euro matches, recorded the highest daily death toll from the coronavirus in the country since the start of the pandemic on 26 June, with 107 deaths in the last 24 hours.

Indonesia: the two-million-case mark was passed on Monday. The number of new daily cases has doubled in recent weeks in the archipelago, where the Delta variant that appeared in India has been confirmed. The country is trying to accelerate the pace of vaccination as only 7% of its population has received at least one dose, according to the latest official data. Numerous cases of infection among health workers who had been vaccinated have raised questions about the effectiveness of the Sinovac vaccine, which is produced in China and on which Indonesia is heavily dependent for its campaign.

An increase in cases due to the Brazilian variant

Brazil: where the pandemic has never really been slowed down. The country nevertheless saw a record number of Covid-19 infections on Wednesday, with 115,228 new cases reported in 24 hours, according to the latest Health Ministry figures. This peak would confirm the arrival of a third wave. Only 11.36% of the population is fully vaccinated and the health situation is deteriorating. However, life seems to be almost back to normal in most of the country’s cities, with restaurants, bars and shops open and large numbers of unmasked people on the streets.

Colombia: which on Monday passed the 100,000 mark in pandemic-related deaths. The country had seen a low point in March with an average of 3,000 cases over seven days. The upsurge was identified at the beginning of April and restrictions were put in place. But in addition to the Brazilian variant, since April 28, demonstrations by thousands of Colombians have multiplied, fanned by strong police repression, making these measures ineffective.

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You can obtain your certificate here: https://attestation-vaccin.ameli.fr/ and then log on to your ameli account.

▫️ TRAVEL NEWS – From France’s point of view. (🔸 =New)

Nothing new in the past 48 hours

24/06: People who have been vaccinated or who have already had covid can now enter Norway without quarantine. .
24/06: The US says restarting international tourism is a priority, but has not yet announced a date for reopening borders to Europeans. .

24/06: From 1 July, vaccinated people will no longer need to be tested on arrival in Iceland or quarantined while waiting for the results.
24/06: The Netherlands no longer requires a test for travellers from France.
24/06: Israel postpones the opening of its borders to tourists until 1 August.

23/06: Russia, Namibia and Seychelles have been added to the red list 🔴 of countries for which a compelling reason is required to travel from France, even for vaccinated people.
23/06: By plane or by boat, travellers who wanted to travel between Guadeloupe and Martinique will no longer be isolated on arrival.
23/06: Australia begins to reopen its borders to vaccinated students.


22/06: The islands of Koh Tao, Koh Samui, and Koh Phangan in Thailand could reopen to vaccinated people as early as July 15, shortly after Phuket opens on July 1.
22/06: Travellers, even unvaccinated, can now enter Montenegro without a test.
22/06: People who have been vaccinated or who have already had covid are now exempt from PCR testing to enter Italy.
22/06: Hong Kong to reduce quarantine time to 7 days for vaccinated people.
22/06: As of July 5, fully vaccinated travellers who are allowed to enter Canada will no longer be required to quarantine or test on the 8th day after arrival. In addition, fully vaccinated air travellers will not be required to stay in a government-approved hotel. However, tourists are still not allowed in until at least 21 July.


21/06: Estonia no longer imposes a quarantine on travellers from France.
21/06: The land border between Guinea and Senegal will be reopened very soon.
21/06: Niger has reopened its land borders.
21/06: Tunisia announces a general lockdown in four regions.
21/06: Norway to reopen its borders on 24 June.
21/06: The Czech Republic has reopened its borders.
21/06: Finland has reopened its borders to people who have been vaccinated or who have already had the covid.
21/06: Canada extends the closure of the land border with the United States until at least July 21.


19/06: Following Germany’s classification of Namibia as a country with a variant of concern, as of midnight Saturday 19, French nationals not resident in Germany are no longer allowed to board a flight to Europe via Germany.


18/06: In contrast to the easing of health restrictions in several European countries, Portugal has decided to ban entry to and exit from the Lisbon area over the weekend.
18/06: France is now placed in a green zone by Romania. Travellers arriving from France are exempt from quarantine and no longer need to present a PCR test on arrival in Romania.
18/06: Germany has removed France from its list of travel risk areas. There is therefore no longer a quarantine.

17/06: Indonesia may start to reopen its borders in July, but it is not clear how.
17/06: The UK is considering re-allowing vaccinated Britons to travel. It is not yet known whether vaccinated Europeans will be able to enter the kingdom without quarantine.
17/06: Ireland to reopen its borders without quarantine on 19 July.
17/06: Latvia has reopened its borders.
17/06: Hungary will reopen its borders on 24 June.
17/06: The list of green, orange and red countries for entry to and exit from France has been updated:

▸ Canada, USA move to green list (but these countries do not yet allow travellers from Europe)

▸ Turkey moves to orange list

▸ Afghanistan, Maldives and Paraguay move to red list


17/06: Unvaccinated people without compelling reasons can now travel to French Polynesia if they have been in the US for at least 15 days (previously 1 month) even if they are not American.


16/06: Thailand gives itself 120 days to fully reopen its borders. Source
16/06: Malawi closes land and sea borders. Source : Email from Malawi Tourism Council

15/06: Morocco has reopened its air and sea borders.
15/06: The launch of the health pass in the European Union is scheduled for 1 July, but Member States retain the possibility of reintroducing certain travel restrictions, particularly in the case of variants. States agreed to harmonise the validity periods of PCR tests (no more than 72 hours before arrival at destination) and antigenic tests (no more than 48 hours). They also agreed that travelling children under 12 years of age should be exempt from testing and that minors travelling with their parents or an accompanying adult should not be required to undergo quarantine if the accompanying adult is not subject to it. However, the implementation of these decisions is not binding.


14/06: Vaccinated travellers will no longer need a PCR test to enter Kyrgyzstan from 19 June.
14/06: Vaccinated people no longer need to be tested to enter Bosnia and Herzegovina.


12/06: The first phase of the reopening of the borders of Mauritius will start on 15 July, provided you are vaccinated and test negative. A 14-day quarantine will be imposed. Unrestricted travel to Mauritius will not be possible until 1 October.


11/06: France is now placed by the Romanian authorities in the “yellow zone”, with reduced entry conditions. Travellers arriving from France are exempt from quarantine.
11/06: Vaccinated people no longer need to be tested to enter Honduras.


10/06: As of 21 June, it will be possible to download a certificate of vaccination, certified in accordance with European standards, with English subtitles, from the Health Insurance teleservice. This certificate will be part of the authorised proof for travelling within the European Union as of 1 July.


09/06: The United States on Tuesday took the first measured steps towards a return to international travel, easing its warning to people wishing to travel to several countries, including France, and announcing the creation of working groups with key partners to prepare for this resumption.
09/06: Vaccinated people can now travel outside the EU directly from France without compelling reasons. Non-vaccinated tourists can only leave Europe from a country other than France. See the rules for entering / leaving France
09/06 : Guadeloupe, Martinique and Saint-Martin : End of the compelling reason. PCR test less than 72 hours old, even for vaccinated persons. Self-isolation of 7 days for non-vaccinated persons.
09/06 : Reunion and Mayotte : End of the urgent reason only for vaccinated persons. PCR test of less than 72 hours.
09/06: French Polynesia: End of urgent reason only for vaccinated persons. PCR test less than 72 hours old.
09/06: French Guiana, New Caledonia and Wallis and Futuna: Compelling reason maintained
09/06: Canada may begin to gradually open its border with the United States to vaccinated people from 22 June.

▫️   NEWS FROM A SMALL ISLAND 🇬🇧

British Health Minister Matt Hancock, a key figure in the government’s response to the pandemic, announced his resignation on Saturday for breaking rules against Covid in connection with an extramarital affair with one of his advisers, revealed on Friday by a tabloid.

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