French and Riviera News Monday 13th December 2021


France's health minister says that new lockdown is not on the agenda - France's Minister of Health Olivier Véran has announced that "for the moment a new lockdown in France is absolutely not on the agenda". Véran made the announcement as France at the beginning of last week recorded over 70,000 new cases of covid within a 24-hour period (this is the highest number of cases in 24 hours since the beginning of the pandemic). However, health officials believe that since, a "slowdown of the epidemic has been seen as France reaches the peak of the new wave". Meanwhile across the Channel British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has indicated that the booster dose will be open to all over 18 years of age from the end of December. In a speech broadcast on Sunday evening on British television, Johnson sounded the alarm. The Prime Minister announced that due to the Omicron variant "a tidal wave" is to be expected. The announcement, from Downing Street, comes a few hours after the covid alert level was raised due to a "rapid increase" in cases of the Omicron variant, which prompted the government to announce new measures.

Obligation to wear mask extended - The prefecture of the Alpes Maritimes has extended the obligation to wear a mask until Monday 20th December. The regulation concerns all those over 11 years of age and all outdoor spaces including those open to the public such as markets. It is also mandatory to wear a mask in indoor spaces open to the public and where a health pass is required.

Confidence in covid vaccination - France's government spokesperson Gabriel Attal has said that the public can have "complete confidence in the vaccination against covid" speaking to reporters while on a visit to a vaccination centre, Attal who had just received the booster jab of covid, attempted to reassure the public adding that mixing the "Pzifer jab with Moderna was not a problem either". Attal said that he who had received Pzifer for the first two doses had just received the Moderna as a booster jab.

Doctors warn not to hide information - Doctors in a hospital in the Haut Seine region of France have called on the public not to "hide information from medical staff" by using a false health certificate, after a woman aged 57 years old died at the weekend in intensive care having presented a false vaccination certificate.

False health passes - Meanwhile France's Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin confirmed at the weekend that 400 cases of "health pass fraud" are currently unde