Lunchtime News Monday 20th April 2020

Man falls from 3rd floor apartment - A 27-year-old man has been taken to hospital suffering serious injuries after he fell from a third-floor apartment. The accident occurred on Sunday evening at around 8pm in Vallauris.

Taken to hospital in Nice, an investigation has been opened to determine the cause of the incident.

Scams - The Prefect of the Alpes Maritimes has warned members of the public to be extremely vigilant due to scams being carried out in the name of “the coronavirus”.

Vulnerable people contacted by phone or SMS, under the pretext of “special services and requiring immediate payments”, connected with the epidemic should never communicate bank details over the phone or by email.

Tax declarations in France - Income tax declarations can be submitted online as of today Monday 20th April. Taxpayers who file their return on paper will be able to file it until June 12th, one month longer than initially planned.

Hospitals using hydroxychloroquine - Brignoles hospital has announced that it is using hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for some patients admitted with coronavirus. The treatment highlighted by Professor Raoult in Marseille, is being used in several hospitals in the region and Brignoles has decided to follow suit.

Since Saturday April 11th, more than 20 people have been treated with this treatment. The beneficiaries are exclusively patients who have been hospitalized in Brignoles.

Published in the Official Journal at the end of March, the treatment is authorized for hospitals. The hospital of Brignoles has added that “only patients with no previous health issues are concerned and those hospitalised who can be followed closely while using the treatment”.

StopCovid App – French politicians have raised their concerns over the introduction of the app StopCovid saying it is a “hastily decided project, which could jeopardize people’s fundamental freedoms”.

French President Emmanuel Macron confirmed that the government was working on the implementation of a digital solution which will allow us to know if "we have been in contact with an infected person".

StopCovid consists in automating this process and deploying it on a large scale with a view to end confinement.

Bluetooth technology, which does not allow geolocation, was chosen to operate StopCovid. However, the protocol was not designed to measure distances, and numerous technical difficulties risk making its reliability questionable. Furthermore, this program can only be truly effective if it is widely used by the population.Yet, its use will be optional, and the elderly, who are the most vulnerable to the dis