French and Riviera News Tuesday 22nd June 2021

News 

Hospital pressure continues to fall in France  - Hospital pressure continues to fall in France as figures released on Monday June 21st have shown that 1,655 people are currently in intensive care units, a figure well below the 2,000 mark which continues to fall since the end of April. 48 patients with severe forms of covid were admitted to intensive care in the last 24 hours in France. 

Forty people have died from covid in the last 24 hours, bringing the total death toll to 110,807 since the start of the epidemic in March 2020.

Alpes Maritimes incidence rate hits below 20 - In the Alpes Maritimes the incidence rate is below 20 with health services of the region recording no additional deaths from the coronavirus in the past 7 days, a first for almost 9 months. Since the start of the pandemic, covid has claimed 1,976 victims in the Alpes-Maritimes (1,528 in hospitals, 448 in nursing homes). According to Public Health France, the incidence rate (number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants) was only 16 on June 20th. It had stood at over 650 at the start of last March.

Intensive care services also continue to empty in the Alpes-Maritimes. As of June 20th, 18 people were admitted to intensive care in the department. A number that was close to 140 at the end of March.

One case of covid declared in Monaco on Monday - In Monaco one new case of covid was declared on Monday 21st June bringing the total number of residents affected to 2,549. Three non-residents are currently in hospital in the Principality and 33 are being followed by the Home Monitoring Centre.

Vaccination - On the vaccination side in France, 18.3 million people are now fully vaccinated, either with two injections or with a single dose if they have received Janssen's product, or if they had already been infected before. Since the start of the campaign, 32.1 million people have received at least one injection, or 47.8% of the total population.

Standing concerts allowed from June 30th - French Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot has announced that standing concerts will be allowed from 30 June. Numbers will be limited to 75% indoors but 100% outdoors. Different health protocols will be in place depending on whether the number of attendees is below or above 1,000 people. A sanitary pass, but no mask, will be required for concerts with over 1,000 people. The wearing of a mask is still recommended. For concerts of less than 1,000 people, a sanitary pass will not be required but a mask will be mandatory.

Nightclubs to reopen on July 9th - The French government has also said that nightclubs will be allowed to reopen on 9 July. Masks will not be mandatory, but a sanitary pass will be required. Numbers will be limited to 75% of capacity indoors, with 100% capacity being allowed outdoors.

In other news

Regional elections - Less than twenty-four hours after announcing the maintenance of his list in the second round of the regional elections in France, the left-wing candidate, Jean-Laurent Félizia who came third in the first round, has ended up giving in to calls to block the far right National Rally. Arriving third in the first round of regional elections in Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur, the environmental candidate sparked controversy, on Sunday, June 20th, by refusing to step aside in favour of the right and to block the far-right National Rally.

Teaching unions - Teaching unions have complained about what they say is the "chaotic organization" of the baccalaureate oral exams which started on Monday. One of the unions said that problems had included examiners expected to be in two different places at the same time. Parents and students quoted in French media have complained of long delays before the start of exams and teachers in Lyon are reported to have begun industrial action in protest at the alleged lack of organization.

Tiger mosquitos - The Regional Health Agency is reminding everyone in the PACA region to take steps to protect themselves from tiger mosquitos. The tiger mosquito can transmit dangerous diseases. With the exception of the Hautes-Alpes where its presence remains limited, it is present and active throughout our region. The agency says that to protect yourself, you must take steps to limit the proliferation of the mosquito, by removing stagnant water such as in watering cans and plant pots and avoid getting bitten by wearing long, loose clothing and using repellents. Further details are available here.

Mona Lisa copy sells for a record amount - A ‘copy’ of the Mona Lisa has sold for a record €2.9 million at auction in Paris, much higher than its estimation of €300,000. The amount is a record for a 17th centur