Lunchtime News Tuesday July 27th 2021

Covid-19- Two more people have died from coronavirus in the Alpes Maritimes bringing the total number in the department  who’ve lost their lives to the virus since the start of the pandemic to 1,987.

Hospital admissions continue to creep up with 23 more patients receiving treatment across the Cote d’Azur including 5 more in intensive care.

A total of 19 people are currently in ICUs across the department, 7 more than last week.

The infection rate in the Alpes Maritimes hit 523 on Monday compared with 459 on Sunday and cases have spiralled by 219 percent in a week.

 

New health and vaccination rules-Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will have to self-isolate for 10-17 days whether they’re  vaccinated or not.

The tougher new requirements will come into force once the French Constitutional Council has made a final ruling on August the 5th.

Anyone failing to comply will face a fine of 1,500 euros.

An exemption will be made between the hours of 10am and noon to allow people to get some exercise and the government is intending to introduce more widespread checks to make sure the rules are being followed.

 

World Heritage site ? -Nice is waiting to find out whether the city is to be declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The idea of putting Nice forward for the title was first aired by Mayor Christian Estrosi who thought that the world famous Promenade des Anglais merited the accolade and Nice was placed on the candidates list in 2017.

However ,the global pandemic has slowed down the process but UNESCO is set to make an announcement this afternoon.

 

Zemour-The controversial right-wing media figure Eric Zemour is reported to be preparing a run for the Elysee Palace in next year’s French Presidential election.

Zemour ,who hosts a television show on the increasingly right wing news channel CNews is no stranger to controversy and is outspoken on a range of issues from immigration to what he perceives as the “Muslimisation” of France.

Opinion polls give him around 5.5 national support  but he could split the far-right vote  which would  give more the more  moderate candidates a boost.

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