French and Riviera News Tuesday 17th November 2020

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Lockdown - Due to the current health crisis bars, cafes and restaurants look set to remain closed until at least January 15th according to the French government. Prime Minister Jean Castex is expected to make an announcement along with a specific support plan next week.

A specific date is yet to be confirmed as authorities confirm that it will be difficult to reopen bars and restaurants before the Christmas holidays.

Discussions are also continuing around the reopening of other so-called "non-essential" businesses. At present representatives of the sector are unanimously asking to be able to reopen from Friday 27th November, to coincide with "black friday".

Meanwhile France’s Minister of Health Olivier Veran has urged people not to relax their efforts in fighting the coronavirus. He said that even though there are "signs of improvement" the virus had not yet been conquered. The minister was speaking during a visit to a hospital in Lyon on Monday.

Covid-19 figures in the Alpes Maritimes – The latest figures for Covid-19 in the Alpes Maritimes have shown that 460 people are currently hospitalised including 76 in intensive care. 1,749 patients have returned home and the total number of deaths due to Covid-19 in the Alpes Maritimes to date, stands at 351 since the start of the epidemic.

Var - In the Var 455 patients are hospitalised including 66 in intensive care. 1,784 patients have returned home and the total number of deaths due to Covid-19 in the Var to date, stands at 320 since the start of the epidemic.

Monaco - In Monaco four new cases of Covid-19 were declared on Monday bringing the total number of residents affected by Covid-19 in the Principality to 552. 23 people are currently hospitalised and 53 people are being followed by the Home Monitoring Centre.

Christmas trees - Despite the lockdown and the ban on the sale of non-essential products France’s Minister of Agriculture has announced that Christmas trees will go on sale in time for Christmas although a date has not yet been fixed.

In France, 6 million Christmas trees are sold each year, mainly in supermarkets, DIY stores and garden centers.

Bird flu - A first French outbreak of bird flu has been detected in a pet store in the Haute-Corse.

The case was identified in the animal department of a garden center located near Bastia. Specific measures to monitor and limit movement around the Haute-Corse outbreak have been put in place to prevent any spread.

Investigations are underway to identify the origin of the contamination.

Masks - The city co