Lunchtime News Monday 26th October 2020

Nice International airport sets up trail testing for Covid-19 - Nice International airport has from today Monday 26th October  set up, on an experimental basis, the use of rapid antigenic tests for Covid-19 for certain destinations including Italy and the United States.

The platform hopes to restore confidence in air travel and reopen borders. The aim is to unify the test procedure at all European airports, even worldwide, in hope to see the traffic take off again. For the moment, only the airports of Frankfurt, London and one Italian airport offer antigenic tests.

Second wave of Covid-19 - The head of Paris public hospitals has warned that France's second wave of coronavirus infections could be worse than the first. Speaking to French media he said that "There has been a perception in recent months that a second wave does not exist, or that it is a small wave. The situation is the opposite”. He added that "It is possible that the second wave will be worse than the first," warning of a "daunting" challenge ahead.

Cancer care in France – Meanwhile France’s League against cancer fears a further delay in the care of patients and estimates that "there are around 30,000 undetected cancers".

Doctors are warning again on the need not to stop the access of cancer patients to care, already offset by lockdown.

Delay in diagnosis, deferred care or treatment being postponed. Patients with cancer already suffered an upheaval in their care protocol during the first wave of Covid-19 and are now faced with the second wave.

The French government decided on Thursday to extend the curfew to 54 departments to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The intensive care units are approaching saturation in some hospitals and the lack of beds and staff is increasingly felt.

Boycott of French products - France has urged Arab countries to stop calls for boycotts of French products, while President Emmanuel Macron vowed the country would never give in to Islamic radicals.

The French foreign affairs ministry said in a statement released on Sunday that in recent days there had been calls to boycott French products, notably food products, in several Middle Eastern countries

On Sunday, Macron said in a tweet: "We will not give in, ever" to Islamic radicals.

“Cycling4planet” - A 22-year-old French student, Antoine Abou, has set off on a 7,000 km cycling trip to showcase the best environmental initiatives around Europe. The goal is to prove that there are as many solutions to the climate crisis as problems.

Antoine created his campaign 'Cycling4Planet' over the summer. After h