Lunchtime News Thursday 12th August 2021


Covid related deaths for the region exceeds 2,000 - The number of covid related deaths for the Alpes Maritimes region has exceeded 2,000. Public Health France figures show that 16 deaths have been recorded since the beginning of the month, compared to 10 in July and 11 in June. In the Alpes Maritimes five new victims of Covid-19 have been declared in the past 24 hours and according to figures covid has claimed at least 2,003 victims since the start of the epidemic: 1,555 in hospitals and 448 in nursing homes.

This Thursday, 61 patients are being treated in intensive care in hospitals in the Alpes-Maritimes; a number which has doubled in 12 days.

Health pass required in large shopping centres - The health pass is required in some large shopping centres in the Alpes-Maritimes and the Var. Announced by government spokesman Gabriel Attal, this measure will only affect shopping centers and department stores of more than 20,000 square meters. Cap 3000, with its 135,000 square meters of retail space, will be affected by the measure.

Government spokesman Gabriel Attal said on Wednesday that it’s the minimum incidence rate that will trigger the introduction of the health pass in shopping centers of more than 20,000 m². The rate has been set at 200 cases 100,000 inhabitants. A rate already exceeded in many departments in France including the Alpes-Maritimes and the Var.

This week the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Regional Health Agency indicated that the incidence rate was 610 in the Alpes-Maritimes and 535 in the Var.

In addition, in these departments, the prefects must reintroduce the wearing of masks indoors in places open to the public.

Train network - The region’s train network has been thrown into chaos this morning after a train broke down between Nice and Ventimiglia. The incident led to several cancellations between Nice, Monaco and Menton during this morning’s rush hour.

Motorist flashed at 222km/h - A motorist has been flashed at 222km/h on the A8 motorway in a zone limited to 110km. The 38-year-old entrepreneur from Marseille, explained to police that “he was late for a meeting in Nice”. Police confiscated the BMW i8 near Saint-Maximin and have suspended his license, pending a court ruling in Draguinan.

Heatwave - Météo-France has extended the heatwave alert in the Alpes-Maritimes. According to Météo France, very hot weather should affect the entire south-east of the country and the Rhone Valley, and should last until the end of the week. Nighttime temperatures will not drop below 21 to 22 ° degrees and highs will be around 35 to 38 ° C. Inland temperatures are expected to reach or exceed 40 degrees.




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