Evening Update Tuesday 24 May 2022

The French High Authority of Health has recommended the vaccination of at risk adults and healthcare professionals after exposure to monkeypox. The HAS recommends vaccination for adult contacts deemed to be at high risk as defined by Public Health France, including health professionals exposed without individual protection measures. It said that a so-called third generation vaccine should be ideally administered within 4 days after the at-risk contact and a maximum of 14 days later.

The head of the Office for Immgration and Integration in France has said that about 85,000 Ukranian nationals have received asylum seekers allowance. Speaking to French media Didier Leschi said that the figures are the most reliable way of gaguing the number of Ukranians in France who have been displaced by the conflict.

Meteo France have said that the recent episode of strong heat that we have just experienced has worsened the drought of the soil in the South-East of France. It said that the soil humidity index was yesterday at its lowest ever for May 23 in the Bouches-du-Rhône and the Gard deparments and among the driest 10% elsewhere in the Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur Region. Water restrictions are in force in much of the Alpes-Maritimes and Var. Details of prohibited and restricted activities are listed on the website of the prefectures.

It's expected to be a busy weekend on the roads because of the Ascension holidays. French roads monitor Bison Futé have announced that the weekend is Red for departures and Black for returns. Motorway operator VINCI Autoroutes is forecasting very heavy traffic on its network, particularly in the Paris region, around the Mediterranean and the Rhône Valley, between Wednesday and Sunday. In our region, the traffic is expected to be particularly dense around urban areas such as Nice and Aix-en-Provence.

Maritime authorities have staged a simulated collision between a tanker and a container in the sea off the French coast near Montpellier. The objective of the excercise was to contain pollution and return the ship to a safe place. Operations were managed from a crisis management center under the authority of the maritime prefect.

 

BUSINESS

UK government borrowing came in at a lower than expected 18.6 billion pounds in the month of April. The figure is 5.6 billion lower than last year but is still the fourth highest amount for April since records began.

In the UK, the energy price cap is expected to rise to £2,800 in October, according to the head of energy regulator Ofgem. Jonathan Brearley told MPs that the price cap, which is currently just below £2,000, will increase due to continued volatility in the gas market. He said the recent price rises were a "once in a generation event not see