Lunchtime News Thursday 27th May 2021

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Compulsory isolation - France intends to impose "compulsory isolation" for travellers arriving from the United Kingdom. The quarantine measure is to come into force from next Monday. Compelling reasons will be required for non-residents foreign nationals coming to France from the United Kingdom, who will have to produce a PCR or antigen test dating back less than 48 hours.

Sixteen countries are subject to mandatory quarantine in France so far, including Brazil, India, Argentina and Turkey. For these territories, the police can unexpectedly check the presence of travelers at their quarantine location and impose a fine of 1,000 to 1,500 euros in their absence.

The latest figures published by Public Health France show that fewer than 19,000 are currently hospitalized with covid and there are less than 3,400 in intensive care.

18,593 patients with Covid-19 are currently hospitalized including 671 admitted in the last twenty-four hours. Critical care services counted 3,330 patients on Wednesday. 181 patients have been admitted since Tuesday in these services. Authorities also reported 144 new hospital deaths from covid.

France’s finance minister is optimistic about the French economy - Speaking on France Inter this morning Thursday 27th May, France’s Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has expressed an optimistic view to the restart of the economy in France. The minister said that "business investment is picking up and that the confidence of entrepreneurs is at its highest since the start of the crisis”.  Bruno Le Maire pointed out that "during the last days of last week, France saw a 90% increase in clothing spending compared to the same period of 2019" adding that the “crisis is behind us” before however calling for everyone to remain "cautious" as the improvement of the health situation depends largely on the rise in vaccinations. The minister encouraged everyone to “respect barrier gestures and to get vaccinated”.

Summer sales postponed to 30th June - Meanwhile the summer sales in France, initially planned from June 23rd have been postponed until June 30th. Last year the summer sales were postponed to early July instead of mid-June which had particularly harmed Parisian businesses due to many in the capital leaving to go on vacation and a lack of international tourists.

Pollution from private jets has increased by almost a third in 15 years - A report published today has shown that in Europe, pollution from private jets has increased by almost a third in 15 years. Travelling by private jet is ten times more polluting than an airliner and fifty times more than the train, says the NGO Transport and Environment

CO2 emissions from private jets in Europe increased by nearly 31%, between 2005 and 2019. The growth is even greater than that of commercial lines. According to the report, these planes emit an average of ten times more carbon than airlines. They are even 50 times more polluting than trains. 40% of private flights leave from France or the United Kingdom

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