Evening Update Tuesday 9 March 2021

The French National Academy of Medicine has said that the vaccination of caregivers must be made mandatory. It said that the pandemic is the most serious health and economic crisis since the second world war and vaccination should be compulsory for all health professionals as well as carers of the elderly.

Eleven non-food shopping centers and stores of more than 10,000 m² have been closed in the Var as of today in accordance with the Prime Minister's directives for departments under "increased surveillance" because of coronavirus levels. Several other large shopping centres and stores in the department have already been closed.

The City of Cannes has announced that it is making the Palais des Victoires available to liberal doctors and health professionals to facilitate the vaccination of their patients. Doctors are being offered dedicated time slots so that they can benefit from optimized conditions for vaccination which the town hall said is instead of their often cramped practices which lead to proximity between patients and lengthened waiting times.

The Director of Health, Jerome Salomon, said today that two million people in France have had their two vaccine injections and four million have had first injections. Meanwhile, in our region, the Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur Regional Health Agency has published figures for the number of people vaccinated so far. As of March 7, 136,005 injections, which were 1st and 2nd doses, had been carried out in the Alpes-Maritimes. 98,482 people received their 1st dose and 37,523 received the second.

The agency also published its weekly update of Covid-19 cases yesterday. In the PACA region, 1,564 people are hospitalized (an increase of 44) 492 people are in intensive care (an increase of 15) and the total number of deaths since the beginning of the epedemic is 5,999, which is an increase of 101 on the previous weeks figure.

The municipality of Antibes Juan-les-Pins has released its weekely update of the number of patients suffering from Covid-19 at the Antibes Hospital. In the period from March 1 to 7, there were 40 hospitalized patients including 10 in intensive care. 32.5% of patients were from Antibes Juan-les-Pins, 67.5% from outside Antibes Juan-les-Pins. There were 8 deaths of patients aged between 68 and 95 years old. The results of the tests carried out at Fort Carré during the previous week were also released. Out of 2,040 tests performed on symptomatic subjects and priority contacts, 8.58% were positive.

Meteo France have a yellow warning for storms in the Var and the Alpes Maritimes until 9pm ths evening.

BUSINESS

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Develpoment has upgraded its forecast for the global economy. The organisation expects the economy to expand by 5.6% this year. In December it had forecast growth of only 4.2%. It expects growth of 4.0% next year.

New data shows that trade between the UK and Germany in January was severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and disruption caused by the UK leaving the European Union. The German statistics agency Destatis said that German imports from the UK were down by 56.2% compared to the same month in the previous year. German exports to the UK fell by 29%.

SPORT

Football.... Manager of the German national football team Joachim Low will step down after this summer's European Championships.  The 61 year old has been head coach for the past 15 years.

There are two round of 16 Champions League second round ties tonight. Borussia Dortmund play Sevilla and Juventus face Porto.

Rugby Union...Rufus McLean has been called up to the Scotland Six Nations squad for the first time. Sam Skinner and Nick Haining have been recalled to the squad. Scotland are playing Ireland this Sunday afternoon with kick off at 4pm our time.

WEATHER

Meteo France have a yellow warning for storms in the Var and the Alpes Maritimes until 9pm ths evening.

Tomorrow - sunny and clear skies, highs of 16

Thursday - sunny intervals in the morning, overcast in the afternoon, windy in the Var, highs of 17

 

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