French and Riviera News Monday 9th November 2020

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Covid-19 - French health authorities have reported a record 86,852 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours at the weekend, as the country's death toll surged past 40,000.

More than 1.7 million people have now contracted the virus in France. A total of 4,410 intensive care beds are occupied, with emergency services in some regions risking saturation. 

To date, around twenty Covid-19 patients have already been transferred by medical plane from the Provence-Alpes-Côtes d´Azur to Brittany, where hospitals are currently less saturated.

Speaking on the health situation France’s Health Minister Olivier Véran has said that “it is too early to say whether the lockdown in the fight against Covid-19 in France will be lifted at Christmas” and France’s Education Minister has also encouraged remote learning in Lycée’s with a minimum of 50% attendance in class.  

Monaco – Meanwhile in Monaco three new cases of Covid-19 were declared on Sunday bringing the total number of residents affected by the coronavirus to 486.

18 patients are currently hosptialised and 104 people are being followed by the Home Monitoring Centre.

The Princess Grace Hospital in Monaco has announced organizational changes to strengthen its capacity to treat Covid-19 patients. Two units dedicated to the care of Covid patients have been created. Other Covid patients continue to be hospitalized in various specialty services. Visits are now suspended in all Medicine and surgery unless authorized by the department head but remain authorized in strict compliance with barrier gestures.

Mink farms - Alpes Maritimes Deputy Loic Dombreval has called for mink farms in France to be closed. Health authorities in Denmark have reported widespread outbreaks of coronavirus in mink farms, with a variant strain of the virus spreading to some local communities in the country. There are only a small number of mink farms in France and none have reported a coronavirus outbreak. Speaking in an interview with French television, M. Dombreval, who is also a vet, said that he had written to President Macron calling for veterinarians to be included in the Scientific Council.

Tribute Nice attack - French Prime Minister Jean Castex has led a national tribute to the victims of the Nice attack. Castex began the tribute with a minute of silence, on Saturday at the colline du Chateau in Nice.

The Prime Minister spoke of the lives of the three victims, 60-year-old Nadine Devillers, 55-year-old Vincent Loquès, and 44-year-old Simone Barreto Silva.

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