French and Riviera News Tuesday 25th October 2022


“Updated booster” covid vaccine available in Nice - Since Monday October 24th, the main vaccination centre in Nice located in Rue Hancy has been offering doses of “updated booster” covid vaccines. The vaccine makes it possible to protect against “the initial strain of the coronavirus” and against the Omicron variant. According to the latest data from the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur regional health agency published last week, “viral circulation remained stable” with an incidence rate of 389 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the Alpes-Maritimes and a positivity rate of 21.4%. The national average is 565 people per 100,000 inhabitants. The organization notes a “slight increase” in hospitalizations and admissions to intensive care. Fifteen patients were in intensive care and hospitalised in the department. In total, almost 17% of intensive care beds are occupied by Covid patients.

Meanwhile, a French government body has recommended the wearing of a mask in certain situations to reduce the incidence of Covid-19. COVARS, the new committee for monitoring and anticipating health risks, which has replaced the Scientific Council, has recommended the wearing of a mask in enclosed spaces. However, at this stage it is still a recommendation, there is no obligation. The body said that wearing a mask on transport and in closed and poorly ventilated spaces where there are people is "a gesture of solidarity with the most fragile".

Motorcyclist seriously injured - A motorcyclist has been seriously injured in an accident in Mandelieu. The accident occurred at around 6.30pm on Monday on the Avenue de Fréjus. Traffic was blocked in both directions for about an hour. The 22-year-old was taken to hospital in Nice. An investigation is underway to determine the circumstances

Traffic diverted after van catches fire – Meanwhile, traffic was heavily disrupted on Monday, after a van caught fire at the La Turbie paytoll. 25 firefighters intervened and traffic was diverted. Nobody was injured and according to the police the incident was due to the engine overheating.

CrossMed announces difficult summer - Figures published have shown that the summer of 2022 has not been easy for sea rescuers in southeastern France and Corsica. The teams of the Regional Centre for Surveillance and Rescue Operations in the Mediterranean Sea (CrossMed) carried out, from May to September, no less than 3,258 interventions at sea, an increase of 57% over three years. Of the 8,000 people assisted, found or rescued, the services deplore 35 deaths, the majority of them s