Lunchtime News Thursday 13th May 2021


One new death from Covid in the Alpes Maritimes with an incidence rate being one of the lowest in France - One new death from Covid in the Alpes Maritimes has been reported in the latest health report from the Regional Health Agency. To date since the start of the epidemic, the coronavirus has killed 1,944 people in the department (447 in nursing homes, 1,496 in hospitals).

356 patients are currently hospitalised and 49 patients are in intensive care, the lowest daily total since the start of the year. Meanwhile the incidence rate in the Alpes Maritimes is among the best in France standing at 90, which has not happened since October of last year.

Health pass - France's parliament has backed President Emmanuel Macron's plan to introduce a Covid "health pass". MPs had recently argued that the “health pass” was discriminatory for those not yet vaccinated.

The “health pass” will be used to travel outside of France for people showing proof of coronavirus vaccination, a recent negative test or recovery from a covid infection. The pass, which will take a digital or paper form, is to let people attend sporting events and other large gatherings, but would not be used to enter restaurants, cinemas or stores.

Streets to be reserved for pedestrians from Friday to Sunday in Nice - Nice city council has announced plans to reserve several streets for pedestrians from Friday to Sunday as terraces reopen on May 19th. Areas with many shops, restaurants and bars will be reserved for pedestrians including Rue Chauvin, Rue Bavastro, Rue Delille, Rue Alberti and Rue Lascaris.

Marineland to remain closed - Marineland in Antibes will not be reopening for May 19th. While the French government’s progressive end to lockdown, allows the possible reopening of animal parks with a maximum level of 50% capacity the management at Marineland have reportedly said that “for the time being no date has been set”.

Crackdown on aggressive behaviour towards police - French Prime Minister Jean Castex has announced plans to crackdown on aggressive behaviour towards police amid rising anger in the force after the death of two police officers. Castex said that tougher penalties will be introduced for those who do not obey police or refuse to comply with police instructions, with sanctions set to double to two years’ jail time, fines of €15,000, and licence removal for drivers.

Campaign to welcome tourists back - France has launched a campaign to encourage tourist to return. #ExploreFrance promotes the country's lifestyle, including its food and culture, in 10 European markets Austria, Belgium, Britain, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

France says visitors from the EU and a handful of other countries, including Britain and Israel, will be required to show a negative PCR test on arrival. Visitors from most non-EU countries, including the US, meanwhile are still officially prohibited from entering, unless they can prove "compelling" reasons for travel. French President Emmanuel Macron gave 9 June as the prospective date for the return of non-EU tourists.






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