Lunchtime News Monday 28th December 2020


Strong winds - The promenade des Anglais has been closed to traffic this morning due to strong winds forecast. Meteo France has issued a yellow weather alert due to “violent winds” and high waves along coastal areas. Meanwhile Cannes city council has closed the Boulevard du Midi due to the strong sea swell affecting the coastal area until further notice.

Mayor of Nice takes stock of “worrying” situation in Nice - The mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi is this morning by videoconference, consulting the local health council to take stock of the progress of the Covid-19 epidemic in Nice. Estrosi said he was “worried” about the increase in indicators linked to Covid-19 but also about the "relaxation" from the public concerning barrier gestures.

Condamine Market tightens Covid-19 regulations - Meanwhile due to Covid-19 stricter measures have been introduced at the Condamine Market here in Monaco. Reservations are required for lunch and dinner and the market will be closed in the evening on December 31st and January 1st.

Monaco Covid-19 cases – Eight new cases of Covid-19 have been declared in the Principality at the weekend bringing the total number of residents affected by Covid-19 to 797. Seven people are currently hospitalised and 70 people are being monitored by the Home Monitoring Centre.

Covid-19 cases –France has reported 8,822 new cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, and 175 deaths. In total 62,746 lives have been claimed in France by Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic. As for the pressure on hospitals in France 107 new patients were admitted to intensive care in 24 hours, bringing the total number of patients in intensive care to 2,650.

Health Defense Council to be held tomorrow – Meanwhile the Elysee has this morning announced that a health defense council is to be held tomorrow, Tuesday 29th December. The announcement comes as several elected officials, especially in the Grand Est and the Alpes Maritimes are worried about a rebound of the epidemic, and as the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, did not rule out on Sunday the possibility of a third lockdown for France.

Moving to France – British citizens travelling to France before the 31st December to move into a new home or to establish a home as their principal residency will be required to have two important documents firstly, an exemption form “attestation de déplacement”. Secondly, a “declaration sur l’honneur” a sworn statement of absence of Covid-19 symptoms. Both forms are available on the French government’s website; Also, regardless of nationality, all travelers over the age of 11 will have to present a negative test result for Covid-19 test to carried out in the past 72 hours. 

New bicycles to be sold with ID number - From January 1st new bicycles must be sold with an identification number. The new measure in France is intended to fight against theft and will be extended to second-hand bicycles next July.

According to a study more than a third of cyclists have had their bicycle stolen at least once. In addition, 46% of cyclists say that they sometimes give up using this mode of transport for fear of theft.

And Finally 

A recent study has shown that eating an apple before a meal every day could help you lose the dreaded love handles. The fruit’s fibre content is said to fill you up, so you eat smaller meals and avoid snacking on unhealthy foods. The study from industry body British Apples and Pears found a daily pre-dinner fruit portion could help you lose it.



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