Evening Update Thursday 24 November 2022

The Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur Regional Health Agency has implemented its "White Plan" because of the epidemic of bronchiolitis. The Agency said that epidemic indicators now exceed the level of all epidemic peaks of previous winter seasons. It's decided to activate the first level of internal mobilization in health establishments to allow them to take the necessary measures to care for all children. They include an increase in reception capacities by rescheduling certain non-urgent operations.

Meanwhile, Public Health France have said that several regions of northern France have entered the pre-epedemic phase for seasonal influenza. They are Brittany, Normandy, Centre Val de Loire, Hauts-de-France and Ile-de-France. About four million people in France have been vaccinated against the flu since the vaccination campaign began in October, which is twenty per cent fewer than last year.

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin has announced the creation of 77 police and gendarmerie units throughout France for safety on transport. In all, nearly 2,000 additional police and gendarmes will be deployed. In our region, new units will be created in Antibes and Cannes. The minister also announced that crime on public transport has fallen by 8% this year and by 18% since September compared to the same period last year.

Nice mayor Christian Estrosi has opened the Salon des Entreprenariales at the Allianz Riviera stadium. He said that the Alpes-Maritimes economy is higher than its pre-crisis level of turnover, with an increase of 14.18% compared to 2019. Since the beginning of 2022 there had been an increase cumulative turnover of 16.51% compared to 2021.

No trains will be running between Nice and Ventimiglia for part of this weekend. All trains have been cancelled from 8pm tomorrow evening until 9am on Sunday in both directions because of engineering works at Beaulieu-sur-Mer.

Food banks in the Alpes-Maritimes are holding their annual collection drive tomorrow and Saturday. Collection personnel wearing orange vests will be present at the exit of many supermarkets. Organisers have said that products which are particularly needed include baby and hygeine products and food such as milk, sugar, pasta and tinned fish. Financial donations can also be made online on https://monpaniersolidaire.org



Sweden's central bank has raised interest rates by 0.75% to 2.5%. It's the highest level in 14 years. The Riksbank also said that rates will probably be raised again at the beginning of next year to just below 3%.

Meanwhile, Turkey's central bank has cut its benchmark interest rate again to 9% from 10.5%. The move comes despite inflation in Turkey being over 80%.