Evening Update Tuesday 15 December 2020

A new website has been launched allowing residents of the Nice Côte d'Azur Metropolis to register for a Covid-19 vaccination. Registration allows residents to know which category they are in and to inform them when it is their turn to be vaccinated. It will then be up to you to go see a health practitioner to receive the vaccination but if you have difficulty accessing vaccination then the City of Nice and the Metropolis can help you get vaccinated. Authorities say that there are several aims of the webiste - to establish the number of vaccines required, to classify people wishing to be vaccinated by priority groups, to inform citizens about the vaccination campaign and to permit those who do not have access to vaccination for logistical or other reasons to rely on city and metropolis services to help with their vaccination. Once your form has been completed you will be contacted by local authorities depending on your personal situation such as age, co-morbidity and profession, to inform you of the availability of vaccines. This wait can last several weeks depending on priority. You can find the registration form and further details at https://vaccincovid19.nice.fr/VC19/

French Prime Minister Jean Castex has this morning suggested that children do not go to school on Thursday and Friday in order to limit the risk of  Covid-19 at Christmas.  Following the recommendation from France’s Scientific Council the Prime Minister suggests isolating eight days preceding Christmas Eve especially those planning to visit vulnerable people at Christmas.

The Mayor of Marseille has announced her resignation. Michele Rubirola, who had only been in the post since July, cited health reasons for her decision.

Those employed in the world of culture have been staging demonstrations throughout France today. They have been protesting at the delay in reopening of cultural venues such as cinemas, theatres and museums.

Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi attended the start of construction of a temporary bridge this morning after damage caused by Storm Alex. The bridge will be built to the north of Saint-Martin-Vésubie. Commissioning is scheduled for December 18. The 19 metre long bridge will be made up of three sections transported by convoy and will make it possible to re-establish the connection with Valdeblore and La Colmiane in a more sustainable and secure manner while the original bridge is being rebuilt. The mayor estimated that the project will take 2 years of studies and a year and a half of construction.


BUSINESS

The unemployment rate in the UK rose to 4.9% in the three months to October, with the jobless total rising to 1.7 million people. New figures released today by the Office for National Statistics show that redundancies hit a record high in the period with the hospitality sector particularly affected by coronavirus lockdowns and restrictions.

London property owner Shaftesbury has recorded a loss of almost 700 million pounds for the year to the end of September. It made a profit of 26 million pounds in the previous year. The company said that its rental income had fallen as fewer workers and tourists came into London. It reduced the value of its property assets by over 18%.

SPORT

Cricket.... Brisbane Heat players Chris Lynn and Dan Lawrence have been fined A$ 10,000 each for breaching coronavirus protocols by posing for a photograph with a fan. A$ 4,000 is suspended for the rest of the BBL season. Brisbane Heat were also fined A$ 50,000, with A$ 20,000 suspended. The two players had to observe extra distancing requirements in yesterdays match against Sydney Thunder because of the breach.

England are set to face Australia in their opening match at the 2022 Women's Cricket World Cup in New Zealand. The tournament will feature seven group games for each of the eight teams. New Zealand will play in a qualifier on 4 March, which is the first game of the competition. South Africa and India have also secured their places, with the three remaining spots to be decided by a qualifying tournament in Sri Lanka.

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