French and Riviera News Thursday 23rd December 2021

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Fifth wave of covid worsens in France - The fifth wave of Covid-19 continues to worsen in France, with a further increase in infections and patients admitted to intensive care. 84,272 new cases were confirmed on Wednesday, according to figures published by Public Health France. Over the past seven days, the average has been 56,883 cases.

Pressure continues to mount in intensive care services with 3,147 patients compared to 3096 on Tuesday, with 322 new admissions. 16,118 people are currently hospitalized compared to 16,076 the day before, with 1,404 new admissions. The number of deaths since the beginning of the epidemic has reached 122,116.

Faced with the outbreak of the epidemic, France officially opened on Wednesday the vaccination of children from 5 to 11 years, but the booster dose has not been "for the moment" extended to adolescents.

On Wednesday Government spokesman Gabriel Attal ruled out any "new restrictions" ahead of Christmas. However, the situation will be reassessed on Monday 27th December.

In Monaco 52 new cases of Covid were identified on Wednesday 22nd December bringing the total number of residents affected to 4,537. Twenty-five people are currently in hospital and 269 are being followed by the Home Monitoring Centre.

Restaurant and bar owners opposed to asking customers for ID - Meanwhile restaurant owners have said they are opposed to the French government's plans to possibly require ID when checking customer's health passes. France's Minister of Health Olivier Véran has said he is "in favour" of the move in order to detect false health passes. However, unions disagree saying it makes them "feel like the police", suggesting that a photo should simply be added to the health pass in order to stamp out illegal passes.

In other news

Nice criminal court - Four migrants and three residents of the village of Contes in