Evening Update Monday 7 September 2020

The Regional Health Agency has announced that there's been another case of dengue fever in Nice. It also said that other suspected cases are being checked. The new case is in the area at the bottom of avenue de Pessicart, in Mantega-Righi district, which is the  in the same area of Nice as the case detected last week. The disease is spread by tiger mosquitos and a further spraying of the area is being carried out. Residents are being told to eliminate any areas of stagnant water, to protect themselves from mosquito bites and to be alert for symptoms of dengue fever.

Line 1 of the Nice tramway was suspended this morning because of what Lignes d'Azur referred to as a "technical incident". According to reports, a tram broke down near the main railway station and was towed into the tramway operations centre. Substitute busses were put into operation and a partial services was resumed on Line 1. Services have now returned to normal.

A large PCR testing centre facility for Covid-19 has opened at the Palais des Expositions in Nice. Free testing is available from 8am to midday, Monday to Saturday . However, an appointment must first be made on the website www.covid.synlab.fr

Meanwhile, a French epidemiologist has said that some areas of the country could face what he described as a "critical situation" this winter if coronavirus cases continue to rise at the current rate. Speaking in a television interview today Professeur Antoine Fontanet said, in light of the recent rise in cases, it's "better to act now" and "the earlier we act the less strict measures will be".

About 40 people have been fined after police broke up a rave party in the Var over the weekend. The unauthorized gathering took place in a wooded area near Pourrieres. Local gendarmes say that the number of such gatherings is increasing and any such events in the future will be subject to legal proceedings and confiscation of equipment.

A sea front building in Le Lavandou was evacuated because of a serious fire in the early hours of this morning. About 17 residents of the block on boulevard de Lattre de Tassigny left the building but nobody was injured. The fire completely destroyed a shop on the ground floor. Investigations are continuing to establish the exact cause of the blaze.

 

BUSINESS

Ireland has entered recession as it's economy contracted by two successive quarters. Figures for the first quarter have been revised down and new figures show the economy contracted by a record 6.4% in the second quarter compared to the first. However, the figure compares favourably with the eurozone as a whole, which contracted by 12.1% in the second quarter.

Primark owner Associated British Foods, has given a trading update today. All Primark stores reopened in May, June and July. It said that total customer spend on clothing, footwear and accessories at Primark has been impacted by COVID-19 and has been recovering from a low point in April. It said that compared to pre-COVID-19, sales performance since stores reopened has "been reassuring and encouraging". It said that sales at stores in retail parks are higher than a year ago, shopping centre and regional high street stores are broadly in line with last year and large destination city centre stores have seen a significant decline in footfall.

Pizza Express has announced the full list of restaurants it's planning to close, amounting to 73 restaurants in total. The closures include the original Pizza Express in Wardour Street in Soho which opened in 1965. The company is currently undergoing a restructuring process.


SPORT

Football... Two players are leaving the England camp after breaking coronavirus quarantine guidelines in Iceland. Team manager Gareth Southgate said that Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood had been "naive" and said they have apologised.

Two Manchester City players have tested positive for Covid-19. French player Aymeric Laporte and Algeria's Riyad Mahrez are self-isolating. The club said that they are both asymptomatic.

Cricket... Jos Buttler is returning to be with his family and won't be playing in tomorrow's Twenty20 against Australia. Buttler had been in England's bio-secure bubble and is expected to return to the team later this week, subject to Covid-19 tests.

Tour de France.. Today is a rest day before stage 10 tomorrow which is 168.5 kilometers on the flat between Ile d’Oleron and Ile de Re.

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