French and Riviera News Wednesday 3rd August 2022


Diving incident - A man has been hospitalised after a diving incident in the Var. The man in his sixties was out at sea at the time in the bay of Sainte-Maxime. Emergency services took him to hospital and an investigation is currently underway.

Covid hospitalisation on the rise in the Alpes Maritimes - The number of people being hospitalised with covid in the Alpes Maritimes is on the rise, yet the incident rate has dropped sharply and is below the regional average. The ARS indicates that during the week of July 25th to 31st, there were 573 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. A figure in constant decline since the beginning of July. This week, 34 people were admitted to hospital and over the past week twelve deaths were reported bringing the total number of deaths in hospitals and nursing homes in the Alpes Maritimes to 2,953 since the start of the epidemic.

Meanwhile, there's been another fall in the Covid-19 incidence rate in Monaco. According to the government's weekly update, the number of positive cases per 100,000 people over the last 7 days of July was 298.9 compared to 460 the previous week. 117 new positive cases of Covid-19 were detected in the week. The positivity rate for tests carried out on residents and non-residents was 17.28%. As at Monday evening, 19 people, including 8 residents, were hospitalized at the Princess Grace Hospital. Two patients were being treated in intensive care and 56 people were being monitored by the Home Monitoring Centre.

Hospital staff exhausted - The mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi has said that hospital staff are exhausted and "pressure on the quality of hospital care is being felt" after two years of fighting Covid-19. His comments come after the assignment of only 166 interns to the CHU in Nice. The mayor said that more modest towns have larger staff and called the choice "unjustified and arbitrary". He said that he is asking Minister of Health François Braun to revise the number upwards.

Fire - A firefighter has been slightly injured after a fire broke out on the A8 motorway in Mandelieu. 2,500 square meters were destroyed on Tuesday morning and up to 80 firefighters were on site along with three water bomber helicopters. The incident caused up to five kilometres of traffic jams in the area.

And - a fire broke out in undergrowth close to the TGV station in Aix-en-Provence on Tuesday. The Bouches-du-Rhône fire department said that about 140 firefighters were engaged in fighting the blaze.

Squatters camp - The municipal police have begun the evacuation of the squatter&rsquo