Lunchtime News Wednesday 27th January 2021

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Monaco extends health measures - Monaco has decided to extend all current health measures until February 19th. The curfew between 7pm and 6am which was put in place on January 11th and was due to expire today will be extended until the start of the school holidays.

In Monaco 31 new cases of Covid were identified on Tuesday bringing the total of residents affected to 1,399 and fifty-seven people are currently hospitalised with 160 being followed by the Home Monitoring Centre.

European Commission recommends not to travel to the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region - The European Commission has recommended that all governments prevent “non-essential” travel to the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region in an attempt to limit the spread of Covid. The commission has identified two regions in France, the Burgundy-Franche-Comté and the PACA region. The recommendation could however become an outright ban if the incidence rate rises above 500 especially in the Alpes Maritimes, where to date, it stands at 442. The incidence rate corresponds to 442 positive cases over seven days per every 100,000 inhabitants. The national average in France is 208.

Defence council meeting - Meanwhile the French government will today hold a new defence meeting with the Head of State Emmanuel Macron, to decide on the next step in handling the Covid health crisis in France. Today’s meeting will see officials debate the possible return to lockdown and look at the effects if any, from the current curfew which is in place across France.

The latest national figures from Public Health France show that the number of hospitalized patients with Covid continues to increase, reaching just over 27,000 with 2,006 patients admitted in the last 24 hours on Tuesday. Other figures show that the British variant of Covid represents nearly one in ten cases in the French capital.

Lidl to build largest outlet in France in Antibes - The German supermarket chain Lidl has announced plans to build its largest outlet in France in Antibes. The supermarket will be located in place of the Conforama building which is set to be demolished in March and will replace the brands current store in the area. Lidl plan to have the new supermarket up and running by 2022.

Action against French state for “discriminatory identity checks - Six NGOs, including Amnesty International, have announced the launch of group action in France against the state in order to end "discriminatory identity checks" by the police. A first in France it was the Head of State Emmanuel Macron who back in December acknowledged the existence of “discriminatory identity checks. The six organisation say they plan to take legal action if the French government does not provide “satisfactory answers within the next four months.

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