Lunchtime News Monday 16th August 2021


Covid figures for the Alpes Maritimes - According to Public Health France, hospitals in the Alpes Maritimes have recorded 26 deaths from covid between August 9th and 15th bringing the total number of deaths in the region to 2,026. Since the start of the health crisis, 2,026 people have died from covid in the department (1,578 in the hospital, 448 in nursing homes).

The incidence rate has dropped below 600 cases per 100,000 inhabitants (591 Sunday). 289 people are still hospitalized for covid in the department, a level equivalent to that of the first wave in March 2020.

In intensive care, 60 patients were on Monday still in intensive care in hospitals on the Côte d'Azur, bringing hospital pressure to 67%.

Due to the current health situation the prefect of Alpes-Maritimes has decided to extend the obligation to wear a mask outdoors in the department until August 31.

Health pass required for shopping centres in some regions of France – Meanwhile, as of today Monday August 16th, the health pass will be required to enter at least 126 shopping centres and department stores in France, with an area of ​​more than 20,000 square metres.

The health pass will be required in large shopping centres for region’s where the incidence rate is greater than 200 per 100,000 inhabitants.

The regions concerned by this measure are in the south and the Paris region. The five department stores (Galeries Lafayette, Printemps, BHV, Le Bon Marché and la Samaritaine) and three shopping centers in the capital, as well as the Aéroville center near Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle airport, will all require the pass along with the wearing of a mask.

The other departments in France where the health pass will be compulsory from today in large shopping centers are: Alpes-Maritimes, Bouches-du-Rhône, Charente-Maritime, Corse-du-Sud, Gard, Haute-Garonne, Gironde, Hérault, Landes, Pyrénées-Orientales, Rhône, Haute-Savoie, Var, Vaucluse.

In other news

Tribute to police teams - Daniel Colegate, the partner of a British hiker who went missing in the Pyrenees has paid tribute to French and Spanish police teams involved in the search for her. Daniel Colegate found Esther Dingley's remains on Monday, more than eight months after she disappeared. Investigators have said that Dingley’s injuries had suggested a fall although the cause was unclear.

Road accident - An accident in the centre of Nice has left one person slightly injured. The accident occurred at around 11pm on Sunday when a car collided with a scooter at the corner of Rue Arson and Rue Barbéris behind the port of Nice. Residents in the area were alarmed by the noise of the collision, which saw the vehicle collide with other parked vehicles, ending up on its roof. An investigation has been opened to determine the cause of the crash.

Heatwave alert - Meteo France has extended the orange heatwave alert for the Alpes-Maritimes department. Five French departments including the Alpes-Maritimes and the Var remain on alert as temperatures could still reach up to 37 degrees. The warning is in place until 4pm this afternoon.

Celebrities call for an end online ads and shop sales of pets - A number of celebrities in France have called for an end to online ads and shop sales of pets. In an open letter, published on the animal welfare group PETA website, actors and singers including David Hallyday and Jacques Dutronc, have called on the French government to do more to put an end to the sale of cats and dogs on classified ads websites and in pet shops.

The move comes in a bid to try and reduce the high number of pets abandoned in France each year.

And Finally

Ever found yourself overthinking every little detail in life and worrying about things?

Well, if you need all the frustrating noise in your head to just go away for a while, it turns out there's actually a very simple way you can do this. According to a communication coach in the UK who has over one million followers on TikTok and shares psychological tips and tricks, it's easy!

In one of his most popular videos, all to do with overthinking and how to overcome it. It's super simple?

Keep your eyeballs still. "Don't move them, because in order for your brain to think and fetch memories, it needs to move your eyes and as you stop the moving, it won't be able to do the rumination it usually does".




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