Lunchtime News Friday April 30th 2021

Post vaccination infection - A retired couple from Marseille are reported to have tested positive for coronavirus despite both having received two shots of the BioNtech Pfizer vaccine.

The couple, both in their 70s have contracted a milder form of the virus but the development is causing concern among health experts and will be further investigated.

Although vaccines do provide much greater protection against the virus, they are not 100 percent effective and some of the more recent mutations may be able to evade inoculation.

 

Patient numbers down - Numbers of people receiving intensive car treatment for Covid-19 are falling across France.

On Thursday, it was reported that 5,800 people are still receiving intensive care  treatment with 392 admissions in the past 24 hours.

Total numbers in hospital with the virus on Thursday were 29,487, down from 29,911 on Wednesday.

321 people have died from the virus over the past 24 hours.

The government has announced a gradual easing of coronavirus restrictions from Monday but has stressed that it won’t hesitate to re-impose measures if cases start to rise again.

 

Indian variant - A man who has recently returned from India has tested positive for the Indian variant of the virus in the Lot-et-Garonne department.

It’s the first case of the Indian variant to show up in France.

A further potential case of the variant is being studied in Bordeaux.

Neither patient is said to be suffering from extreme illness but both are being kept under close observation.

The Indian variant is ravaging the sub-continent with India reporting 3,645 deaths in the past 24 hours.

 

Virus in retreat - Analysis of sewer water in Nice has shown that the coronavirus is in retreat across the city.

Analysis shows that the amount of virus found in the city’s sewer water has fallen 8-fold since the height of the health crisis in February.

Levels of the virus found in sewer water are higher in the centre of the city as well as the Ariane, Moulins and Bon Voyage areas but are falling away.

 

BlaBlaCar - The car sharing service BlaBlaCar is to relaunch its bus service from the 12th of May.

Services have been suspended because of the pandemic but the firm says that it will be offering bus services to and from 100 French destinations again from the middle of next month.

However, the name BlaBlaBus is to be scrapped with the firm opting to group all its services under its main brand name.

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