Lunchtime news Monday 10th August 2020

Local

Weather alert - The Alpes-Maritimes department has been placed under two yellow weather alerts today for thunderstorms and heatwave. The strong heat affecting the Côte d'Azur will cause thunderstorms at the end of the day. The coastline should be spared, with storms forecast inland.

The storm warning is in place until 9 p.m this evening, with the yellow heat wave alert lasting a few more days.

Explosion building in Nice - Two people have been slightly injured following an explosion in a building in Nice. The incident occurred at around 9.20am on Rue Cronstadt in Nice. 37 firefighters were at the scene. The cause of the blast on the ground floor of a four-story apartment building, is still to be determined.

Young woman in critical condition after road accident - A young woman is in a critical condition after a road accident in Grimaud on the RD61. The accident occurred at around 5.30am this morning when the vehicle carrying four people currently on holiday in the region, lost control and crashed into a ditch while trying to avoid a truck.

The accident caused traffic to stop for over an hour, while emergency services intervened.

Rave party - Between 5,000 and 7,000 people have gathered at a rave party in the Lozère region north of Montpellier. The party which started on Saturday evening saw many revelers still on site on Monday morning. The event was held despite the limitation of gatherings linked to Covid-19. Police were present to monitor the site and prevent vehicles from leaving for health issues, linked to the risk of the spread of Covid-19, and also for road safety, as many of the party goers were unable to drive.

According to farmers in the region more than 10,000 people were present for the illegal event.

National

Is wearing a mask incompatible with physical activity? - A British doctor has jogged more than 33 kilometres with a mask to test his breathing capacities. With many in the medical sector divided on the subject the doctor measured his level of oxygen and did not find anything abnormal.

In France, the Ministry of Sports, in a guide published on July 16th said that wearing a mask was "incompatible with physical activity". Specifying, however, that in sports halls, the obligation remains the same as in restaurants: the mask must be worn when walking, but not during physical activity.

Doctors are divided on the question. Some believe that the mask can get damaged with perspiration, and that this is not recommended. They also claim that it can speed up breathing. Others, on the other hand, do not see it as a major incompatibility.

In Lille and Marseille, cities which have introduced the obligation to wear a mask in certain public places, this rule also applies to joggers and cyclists.

 

 

 

 

 

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