French and Riviera News Thursday 12th November 2020

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Covid-19 – France’s Prime Minister Jean Castex will this evening “take stock” of the Covid-19 epidemic during a press conference at 6pm. The Prime Minister will assess the current lockdown while announcing enhanced controls over the next two weeks. The head of government is expected to discuss the latest figures of the Covid-19 epidemic, as well as take stock of teleworking, transport and support for small retail businesses. Concerning high schools, the Education Minister has pleaded with the government for them to remain open.

The lockdown was introduced almost two weeks ago and according to the latest figures published by Public Health France the peak of contaminations of the second wave has been crossed with the reproduction rate of the virus being less than 1 for the first time since July 1st. The positivity test rate has also been falling along with the incidence rate among all age groups, except among children with the contamination rate per 100,000 people on the rise, which perhaps raises the question of the closure of schools.

While the figures show that France has passed the peak of contaminations, this is not yet the case for hospitalisations as it takes several days before an infected person develops severe forms of the disease and is hospitalised. The pressure therefore remains on hospitals with hospitalisations and admissions to intensive care continuing to rise.

Mayor of Nice calls for curfew - Meanwhile the Mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi has called for the establishment of a national curfew from 8pm to 6am. He said that this should be in addition to current lockdown measures in order to limit "social interaction". He also announced more police checks over the coming weeks. Estrosi also said that from today the blue chairs on the Promenade will be removed, a security perimeter will be established around the Liberation market and a special time for the elderly to safely circulate in public gardens and parks will be introduced from 2pm to 4pm.

OGC Nice - Local football club OGC Nice has closed its training centre until further notice because of a coronavirus outbreak. The club said that more than a dozen players and members of the professional squad's backroom team have tested positive for COVID-19 and as a result it has closed the Academy and the first-team squad's area of the premises. Reopening is planned for the start of next week after more tests.

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