Lunchtime News Wednesday 4th August 2021


The white plan to be reintroduced in hospitals in the PACA region - The Regional Health Agency for the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur has announced that the “white plan” recently introduced in hospitals in Corsica to help cope with the increase of covid patients is to be reintroduced in hospitals in the PACA region. The agency said that faced with the epidemic outbreak observed in recent weeks in the south-east of France, it was preparing to trigger the white plan in establishments in the region.

Hospitalizations and admissions to intensive care is still on the rise in France due to the Delta variant with France’s Health Minister saying the situation is “worrying”.  According to figures from Public Health France 1,331 patients (including 218 admissions in 24 hours) are currently in intensive care and 28,829 people have tested positive for Covid-19.

Weather warning - The Alpes-Maritimes has been placed on a yellow weather alert with thunderstorms forecast. While it seems that the coast will be spared the stormy weather Météo-France has nonetheless maintained its weather alert for the entire territory of the Alpes-Maritimes with inland areas expected to be more affected. The warning is in place until midnight tonight.

Firefighters take part in demonstrations - Questions are being asked as to whether firefighters who were seen demonstrating in uniform against the covid vaccination last weekend will face sanctions. The incident has led to the Comptroller General René Dies being questioned by Charles Ange Ginésy, president of the departmental council and of the departmental fire and rescue service. A dozen firefighters were seen leading the march in Nice on Saturday during the demonstration against the health pass.

Road safety - Nearly 30,000 people have been victims of an uninsured motorist in 2020. Eight out of 10 uninsured drivers are men, more than half are under 35 and are in a precarious situation. In its annual report published this morning Wednesday 4th August, the Victims Guarantee Fund (FGAO) showed that while the total number of victims is down by 14.4% compared to 2019 (31,947 victims), it is linked to the reduction in road traffic due to the health crisis.

The FGAO report specifies that in 81% of cases, accidents take place in cars, compared to 6% for two-wheelers. They most often occur on a municipal road (50.7%) or a departmental road (33.7%) and the five most accident-prone departments in terms of non-insurance are, in order, Seine-Saint-Denis, Val-de-Marne, Val-d'Oise, Paris and Bouches-du-Rhône.

And Finally 

A new survey has warned that while filters are hugely popular, they have a negative impact on a third of social media users' self-esteem. Almost a quarter of social media users have admitted that photos of their unedited face shock them. So are filters making us forget what we look like?

The survey, by Uvence, asked 2,069 respondents how they feel about filters on social media. A fifth said they now no longer post photos on social media without using editing tools that get rid of wrinkles, spots and stretch marks.Meanwhile, 37 per cent said they prefer their filtered face to their real face. 

Research by the Girlguiding charity last year found half of girls aged 11 to 16 regularly use apps or filters to make themselves look better.

The study comes after Norway announced legislation that would make it illegal for influencers to post modified photos without declaring what they've done.



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