Lunchtime News Monday 29th November 2021

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Covid incidence rate rises in the Alpes Maritimes - The covid incidence rate continues to increase in the Alpes Maritimes and is, according to figures, now at its highest since August. In four days, between 21st and 25th November, the incidence rate (number of cases detected over seven days and reduced to 100,000 inhabitants) increased by almost 100.

According to the latest consolidated data published by Public Health France, the indicator showed 329 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over the period from 19th to 25th November. That's about 500 new cases detected daily. The national average is 271 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

187 people are hospitalized in the region on November 28th, compared to 156 at the beginning of the month. The number of patients placed in intensive care has doubled in three weeks but remains at fairly low levels: 33 patients were placed in intensive care on Sunday, November 28, compared to 16 on Sunday, November 7th but 80 at the height of the 4th wave this summer.

Secretary of State for European Affairs announces no closure of borders inside of Europe - France's Secretary of State for European Affairs Clément Beaune has announced on France Inter this morning that "no borders will be closed inside of Europe". Faced with the threat of the new variant Beaune said that "for now, we must be careful and honest, we do not know the characteristics of this variant". According to him, "our weapon is the health pass" and the acceleration of vaccination. Clément Beaune also wants European coordination to request a test of less than 24 hours to unvaccinated Europeans who would move within Europe. "

Australia suspends reopening - Meanwhile Australia has this morning suspended the reopening of its borders. International measures against the Omicron variant are multiplying rapidly. Australia in turn announced this Monday suspending the reopening of its borders.

WHO raise the alarm - For the World Health Organisation, the Omicron variant presents a "very high risk". The WHO is sounding the alarm. The new Omicron variant of the coronavirus presents "a very high risk" at the global level warned the World Health Organization on Monday, while highlighting the many uncertainties that still surround the dangerousness and transmissibility of the variant.

French President receives booster jab - Emmanuel Macron received his booster dose at the weekend like all eligible French people, Macron, aged 43, he was able to receive his new injection of the Anti-Covid vaccine almost six months after the previous one, which dated from May 31st. The Head of State was also vaccinated against the flu.

G7 health ministers hold urgent meeting today - G7 health ministers are meeting urgently in London today over concerns over the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus, which continues to spread around the world despite border closures. The health ministers of France, the United States, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom are meeting "to discuss the evolution of the situation on Omicron", during an "emergency meeting", announced London, at the head of the rotating presidency of the G7. The move comes as cases linked to the new strain have been detected across G7 countries, from Canada to Italy, Britain and Germany. In France, eight cases deemed suspicious are being assessed.

And Finally

Vinyl bar to open in Brest - The first vinyl bar in the Finistère will open in January 2022. The store thought up by two residents will see its doors open on Rue Emile Zola in Brest. "Fono" will allow customers to have a drink and buy or sell vinyl's. Beyond the boutique aspect, the founders want to bring the local scene to life through their bar, by organizing various events such as conferences, introductory mixing courses, or Open Turntables. To finalize the opening of the bar, a crowdfunding campaign was launched on Tuesday, November 16 with a goal of 5,000 euros.

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