Lunchtime News Thursday April 29th 2021

Cannes Vaccines- The Cannes Town Hall has announced that anyone over the age of 40 can now register to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

On Wednesday ,the government said that it would not be opening vaccine registration for ‘any’ adult but Cannes says that because it has a surplus of supplies and that the most vulnerable have already received the jab ,anyone over the age of 40 can now register.

If you live in the Cannes area ,are over 40 and wish to be vaccinated ,please register at www.cannes.com.

Once registered you will receive a dossier number and you should then call the Mairie on 04 97 06 40 00 quoting the number and you will be given a date and time for your vaccination.

The town of Vence is also stepping up its vaccine programme to cover the over 50’s and people whose professional life puts them at greater risk of contracting the virus.

 

No deaths-There were no deaths from Covid-19 registered in the Alpes-Maritimes on Wednesday in an encouraging sign that the battle to beat the virus is being won.

Numbers of cases in the department have been falling steadily over the past few weeks thanks to lockdown measures and increasing vaccinations.

1,906 people have died from the virus in the Alpes-Maritimes since the start of the pandemic.

70 people are still in hospital intensive care units today ,down from 136 at the end of March.

 

Algorithms- The government has said that it’s planning to allow the use of algorithms to detect online extremism.

The development comes amid a growing row over security ahead of next year’s Presidential Election.

Emmanuel Macron is reported to be under pressure over a spate of recent terrorist attacks with opposition politicians saying that he needs to ‘get a grip’.

Recent attacks have been committed by single young men armed with knives who were unknown to the security services.

In the most recent attack ,a police employee was murdered in a quiet suburb west of Paris last Friday by a Tunisian man armed with a knife.

The Interior Ministry has conceded that recent attacks pose a ‘new problem’ for authorities and that algorithms will allow security services to pick up if someone is repeatedly making online searches for topics such as knife attacks or beheadings.

 

Rugby player-The family of a 25 year old English rugby player who was seriously injured while playing for Nice last weekend are on their way to the south of France to support their son.

James Lasis suffered severe neck trauma when the scrum collapsed on top of him during the match between Nice and Narbonne.

He’s conscious but unable to speak at the moment and has no movement.

His mother ,Judy Lasis has thanked Nice Rugby Club for their support and that help to allow the family to fly down to support James had been “marvellous”.

The Club has set up a fundraising page for James and described his condition as “extremely worrying”.

An email address has been set up for people wishing to send messages of support to James. Its soutenirjames@gmail.com.

 

Yellow alert-The Var has been placed on a yellow weather alert for this afternoon with the risk of heavy rain and thunderstorms in places.

The alert is in force until 4pm this afternoon with people advised to take extra care when outdoors or on the roads.

Fortunately ,Meteo France says that there is little risk of flooding although greater care should be taken around waterways.

The weather has been decidedly unseasonal this week and wet weather isn’t expect to clear away until the weekend.

Next week is looking better with plenty of sunshine and highs of 18-20 degrees.

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