French and Riviera News Tuesday 9th March 2021


Will the weekend lockdown in the Alpes Maritimes be extended?  - The mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi has expressed his wish to not extend the weekend lockdown for the Alpes Maritimes. Estrosi, speaking to the Nice Matin took stock of the health situation saying that for him “current indicators showed a steady decline in the incidence rate which does not justify a third weekend lockdown”.

Figures show that the incidence rate has indeed fallen, from 600 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants to 487 however, the pressure on the region’s hospitals continues with 122 patients currently in intensive care, for a normal capacity of 89 beds available. Michel Carles, head of the infectious disease department of the CHU in Nice, says that he “believes it is premature to establish whether the weekend lockdowns have had a positive impact on the health situation or not”.

29 additional deaths from Covid in the Alpes Maritimes - Monday’s report from the Regional Health Agency has shown that there were 29 additional deaths in the Alpes-Maritimes from Covid and an increase in intensive care admissions. Since the start of the pandemic, the coronavirus has claimed 1,568 victims in the Alpes-Maritimes, 1,135 in hospitals and 433 in nursing homes. 384 people are currently hospitalisedHowever, the agency notes that in the region’s nursing homes the number of infected residents is stable and deaths are decreasing.

Medical team from Nice develop test to predict how badly a person will be affected by Covid – Meanwhile a team of researchers and doctors from Nice have developed a test to predict whether a person with Covid-19 is likely to develop a severe form of the disease or not. Dr Laurent Boyer and Dr Johan Courjon have shared their findings and knowledge in a discovery which is hoped to benefit those treating Covid patients.

Hospitals in Paris region cut regular surgical and medical procedures – And hospitals in the Paris region have been ordered to cut regular surgical and medical procedures by 40 percent as the number of coronavirus patients needing critical care threatens to overwhelm the intensive care units. The Ile-de-France region is home to some 12 million people. It currently has 973 Covid-19 patients in ICU beds with a total capacity of 1,050. It was announced on Monday that the number of patients in intensive care in France has reached its highest level since November.

Covid testing centre in Nice - A new Covid-19 testing facility has been opened on the forecourt of the train station in the centre of Nice. It's possible to get a PCR test at the facility from Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Results are provided in less than 24 hours and in 12 hours for contact cases.

Prefect of the Var announces new closures for some shopping centres - The prefect of Var has taken the decision to close additional non-food shopping centers and stores of more than 10,000 m2 from today Tuesday, March 9th. 

Stores closed as of today Tuesday March 9th:

Carrefour Grand Estérel shopping center in Puget-sur-Argen; Leclerc shopping center in Saint-Raphaël; Carrefour shopping center in Trans-en-Provence; Géant Casino la Foux shopping center in Gassin; Castorama La Garde; Castorama in La Seyne-sur-Mer; Castorama in Puget-sur-Argens; Midi Multiple shopping center in Solliès-Pont; Leclerc shopping center in Cogolin; Hyper U shopping center in Saint-Maximin; Hyper U shopping center in Les Arcs-sur-Argens.

It should be noted that Castorama stores will be able to accommodate building professionals on presentation of their professional card.

Other shopping centres already closed: Shopping centers of more than 20,000 m² are closed: Mayol in Toulon, Grand Var Ouest in Valletta, the Ikea store in Valletta, Carrefour in Ollioules, Auchan in La Seyne-sur-mer, Géant Centr'Azur in Hyères, as well as the shopping centers of more than 10,000 m² Grand Var Est in La Garde and Géant Casino in Fréjus.

In other news 

Plane leaves runway at Cannes-Mandelieu airport - A plane has left the runway at Cannes-Mandelieu airport. The incident occurred on Monday morning as the private aircraft was making a stopover to refuel. Upon landing a flat tyre caused the single engine aircraft to leave the runway and become stuck. Emergency services at the scene said that fortunately no one was injured in the incident.

Seasonal work - Cannes City Hall has extended the deadline to apply for seasonal jobs this summer. There are positions to be filled within the municipal services, including in green spaces, urban cleaning, culture, sea and coast, municipal ports and the municipal police. Online registration is now open