Lunchtime News Thursday 2nd December 2021


New travel measure for Saturday 4th December - The new measure announced by French government spokesperson Gabriel Attal on Wednesday 1st December, which will see a negative Covid-19 test of less than 48 hours required for all travellers arriving in France from outside the European Union, irrespective of their vaccination status is to come into force from this Saturday 4th December.

Monaco cases of covid - Thirty new positive cases of Covid-19 have been identified in Monaco on Wednesday 1st December. Since the start of the pandemic 3,797 residence have been affected by covid in the Principality. Ten people are currently in hospital and 136 are being cared for by the Home Monitoring Centre.

Meanwhile new health measures in Monaco in the fight against covid announced this week are now in force including: the mask is mandatory outdoors, wearing a mask is mandatory for indoor sports and combat sports and school swimming lessons are suspended. Telecommuting is recommended, the validity of PCR tests changes from 72 to 24 hours, the health pass must be presented from the age of 16 to consume in a bar or restaurant, including on the terrace. Staff are also affected by this obligation and standing cocktails are prohibited. The health pass is also mandatory to access show or gatherings of more than 300 people. Dance and karaoke activities are suspended.

US announces new measures - To deal with the new Omicron covid variant the US has announced several measures today Thursday 2nd December. If a mandatory quarantine for foreign travellers who arrive on the territory had been mentioned in some American media in recent days, the White House finally decided not to resort to this method. The United States will require from the "beginning of next week" that all foreign travellers entering the territory present a negative test carried out the day before departure, in addition to being vaccinated. The Biden administration has unveiled a series of measures to boost vaccination and cope with the spread of Covid-19 during the winter, while a first case of the new Omicron variant was detected the day before in the country.

French media says French President referred to Boris Johnson as a "clown" - According to reports in the political magazine Le Canard enchaîné, the French President, Emmanuel Macron has referred to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a private conversation as a "clown". The magazine is often described as the French equivalent of Private Eye.

It came as Macron complained about Johnson's behaviour after the leaders spoke by phone after the sinking of a refugee boat in the Channel. The French President is also understood to have blamed Johnson's attitude towards France on the shortcomings of the Brexit deal.



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