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Covid-19 Bulletin no. 33

Covid-19 Bulletin no. 33

Dear Steve

Welcome to our thirty-third bulletin during the Coronavirus epidemic.

New Attestations required from 28 November until 15 December 2020 From Saturday 28th November 2020, an exemption certificate/Attestation will still be necessary, however these will differ from those which have been in use as they need to reflect the changes in what is allowed (e.g. capacity to exercise outdoors up to 20 kms from home and for a period of up to three hours, attending a religious meeting of up to 30 people etc).

The new attestations in French and in English can be found using the following link :
https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Attestations-de-deplacement?fbclid=IwAR1fU4HwLsbgRFkfONtnH9tdyf0rZ_SIMjIyoZpWpWTKc-M4K7nXK-PhRhQ
 
Please also remember to carry proof of address on you to evidence you are within the stipulated limits.
 
  Cancer Support France-Languedoc (CSF-L), Covid-19 response CSF-L continues to support English speakers touched by cancer in the Hérault and Aveyron, as well as extending support to people touched by Covid-19 during the crisis. In line with guidance, this is done at distance. Our Helpline can be reached on 04 67 44 87 06. (This is a voicemail service and we aim to return calls within 24 hours of a message being left).
 
If there is information you would like to share with others, please contact us using our email address: feedback.csflanguedoc@gmail.com
 
We hope you stay safe and well.
 
 
 
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Covid-19 Bulletin no. 32

Covid-19 Bulletin no. 32

Welcome to our thirty-second bulletin during the Coronavirus epidemic. In this issue we have information about:

  • Three-point de-confinement plan announced by President Macron on 24 November 2020
  • Pharmacies able to provide prescription medicines for one month beyond the end of the prescription
  • Free Covid-19 tests without appointments in the Hérault

Three-point de-confinement plan announcement by President Macron on 24 November 2020
At 8pm on Tuesday 24 November, President Macron made an announcement relating to Covid 19 and the plan to reduce restrictions in France.

The second wave seems to have passed its peak, with the number of daily new cases, the number of deaths and the percentage of positive tests all falling slowly, taking pressure off the hospitals. But he stressed that the public must remain vigilant and continue to respect the advice concerning masks, hand sanitiser, social distancing etc.

He announced a three-point plan.

Saturday 28th November 2020

  • An exemption certificate to leave home will still be necessary.
  • Walks and outdoor physical exercise can now take place up to 20 kms from home and for a period of up to 3 hours.
  • Outdoor activities, not connected to schooling, can restart.
  • Shops and home services can reopen, with strict rules about hygiene and only up to 9pm.
  • Religious services can restart, with a strict 30 person maximum.

Tuesday 15th December 2020
If the figures continue to drop and reach a level of only 5000 new cases per day:

  • Lockdown will be lifted and replaced with a curfew between 21h00 and 7h00.
  • This curfew will not apply for the 24th December and 31st December.
  • Large festive gatherings will still not be allowed.
  • Cinemas, theatres, and museums will re-open.

Wednesday 20th January 2021
By this date, the effect of the relaxation of lockdown over the holiday period will be known.

If the number of new cases remains below 5000 per day:

  • Sports facilities can reopen.
  • Restaurants can reopen.
  • Lycées currently giving only 50% of lessons in class can reopen fully.
  • 15 days later, the universities can reopen.

Ski resorts
President Macron said it is impossible to consider opening for the end of year holiday period. It will be preferable to consider reopening during the month of January. There will be cooperation with neighbouring countries.

No compulsory vaccination
He confirmed that vaccination will not be compulsory and the campaign of vaccination will start at the end of December/beginning of January, for the most vulnerable people.

Stricter enforcement of isolation
He will be asking Parliament to consider stricter enforcement of isolation of infected people, whilst supporting them with material help, health care and psychological help.

Pharmacies able to provide prescription medicines for one month beyond the end of the prescription
Pharmacies can (following an announcement on 18th November), supply medicines for one month after the expiry date of the prescription, but must inform the prescribing doctor in the following cases:

  • Chronic illness
  • Contraceptive pills
  • Treatment of drug addiction.

This will also apply to home nursing care requiring a doctor’s prescription.

Free Covid-19 tests without appointments in the Hérault
The Hérault department has provided access to free Covid-19 tests in isolated rural areas so that people who find it difficult to attend testing stations in larger towns and cities can obtain a test.

More information is available (in French) using the following link:
https://www.laregion.fr/Proxitest-l-operation-regionale-de-depistage-Covid-19-gratuit-et-sans-rendez-vous

Some of the test dates shown on the Proxitest web page have passed, but others are yet to take place and there will be regular updates on new test dates.

Cancer Support France-Languedoc (CSF-L), Covid-19 response
CSF-L continues to support English speakers touched by cancer in the Hérault and Aveyron, as well as extending support to people touched by Covid-19 during the crisis. In line with guidance, this is done at distance. Our Helpline can be reached on 04 67 44 87 06. (This is a voicemail service and we aim to return calls within 24 hours of a message being left).

If there is information you would like to share with others, please contact us using our email address: feedback.csflanguedoc@gmail.com

We hope you stay safe and well.

Posted by steve
Covid-19 Bulletin no. 31

Covid-19 Bulletin no. 31

Welcome to our thirty-first bulletin during the Coronavirus epidemic. In this issue we have information about:

  • Confinement continuation beyond 1st December 2020 – announcement by Prime Minister Castex on 12 November 2020
  • TousAntiCovid app – symptoms checker (in French)
  • Support with shopping – app to find or offer support with shopping in your neighbourhood (in French)

Confinement continuation beyond 1st December 2020 – announcement by Prime Minister Castex on 12 November 2020

At 6pm on Thursday 12 November, French Prime minister Jean Castex made the following announcement relating to Covid 19 and the restrictions in France.

The pandemic continues to be severe in France: up until today 42,500 deaths have been recorded as a result of Covid 19.  Currently, 1 in 4 deaths recorded in France are due to Covid 19.

Hospital admissions due to the virus are now higher than they were in April, during the first peak of the virus, but there are still – at the present moment – 7,700 intensive care beds available across France.

Since the beginning of the second Lockdown some signs of improvement have been noted.  There has been a 16% reduction in new cases over the last week, although this improvement is “fragile” and needs to be reaffirmed and reinforced with continued vigilance.

Shops re-opening from 1st December

There will be no lifting of the current restrictions for at least the next two weeks. The 1st December provisional deadline for the lifting of restrictions, will only apply to the easing of the rules in relation to shops.  Bars, restaurants and sports facilities will remain closed.

For businesses that have had to close since the beginning of the Pandemic, the Government will continue to offer a range of support.

Schools remain open

Lycees, colleges and Ecoles primaires will remain open. There is no change for nursery, primary or secondary schools which remain fully open with compulsory masks from the age of 6 upwards.

Lycees are more complicated because there is more changing of classrooms and hence more mingling. Although it is desirable that there is full attendance at all times, individual lycees are free to put in place a part-time system. But a minimum of 50% attendance at the school will be required with distance learning for the other 50%.

Jobseekers and Benefits – A relaxation of rules

There will be a loosening of the requirements for registering as a jobseeker so that the requirement of having worked 4 months out of the last 27 will be prolonged by the length of the confinement.

The relaxation of rules for claiming benefits is twofold (1) The extra allowance for the minimum 4 months worked before qualifying for unemployment benefit; and (2) extra time allowed for assembilng all the necessary documentation for registering as a jobseeker.

Isolation support for homeworkers

It is encouraged that everyone who can should work from home 5 days a week.

For homeworkers who are feeling isolated, a “Numero Vert” has been created to provide some support.

No big gatherings for Christmas or New Year

The prime minister encourages people to think differently about Christmas this year: planning big parties over the Christmas/New Year period is not an appropriate or reasonable response to the current situation in France

Attestations

The general public will still need an attestation for leaving home even after 1st December.

TousAntiCovid app – symptoms checker (in French)

Today’s feature on TousAntiCovid allows you to check your symptoms. It is a government site and is recommended to all.

This can be found on:
https://mesconseilscovid.sante.gouv.fr/#introduction

To download the TousAntiCovid app for Apple products:
https://apps.apple.com/app/id1511279125

To download the TousAntiCovid app for Android products:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fr.gouv.android.stopcovid

Support with shopping – app to find or offer support with shopping in your neighbourhood (in French)

An application is available to find or offer support for shopping between people in the same area. The application is run in French.

This application can be found for computers here:
https://courseur.com/

For Apple products here:
https://apps.apple.com/fr/app/courseur-liste-de-courses/id1247793318

For Android products here:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.courseur.app&hl=en

Cancer Support France-Languedoc (CSF-L), Covid-19 response

CSF-L continues to support English speakers touched by cancer in the Hérault and Aveyron, as well as extending support to people touched by Covid-19 during the crisis. In line with guidance, this is done at distance. Our Helpline can be reached on 04 67 44 87 06. (This is a voicemail service and we aim to return calls within 24 hours of a message being left).

If there is information you would like to share with others, please contact us using our email address: feedback.csflanguedoc@gmail.com

We hope you stay safe and well.

Posted by steve
Covid-19 Bulletin no. 28 – October 24th 2020

Covid-19 Bulletin no. 28 – October 24th 2020

Welcome to our twenty-eighth bulletin during the Coronavirus epidemic. In this issue we have information about:

  • Curfew measures across the whole of the Hérault from Saturday October 24th 2020 (and 53 other departments, including Aveyron and Gard)
  • Quick Covid-19 test trialling in the Hérault

Curfew measures across the whole of the Hérault from Saturday October 24th 2020 (and 53 other departments, including Aveyron and Gard)

These curfew measures apply across the Hérault, and the 53 other departments announced by Prime Minister Castex on Thursday October 22nd 2020.

The second wave is here” and “the situation is grave“, Castex said.

Map of Departments in France subject to Curfew Measures

The new measures are due to come into effect at midnight on Friday/Saturday (October 23rd/24th) and will remain in place for six weeks.

Curfew hours
Curfew applies between 9pm and 6am, when people are expected to be within the boundaries of their own home.

Permits/Attestations relating to curfew hours
Residents need to download a certificate (attestation) for activities permitted after hours – such as travel to or from work, for medical attention, to visit a dependent relative or to walk a dog.

Those who do not comply risk a fine of €135. Repeat offenders could face fines of up to €3,750. Some 12,000 police officers and gendarmes, in addition to municipal police teams, are being deployed to enforce the initial curfews.

Other measures
All other measures outlined in previous bulletins remain in force, including gatherings of no more than 6 people, wearing of masks in all built up areas (including villages), etc.

Please be aware of any notifications provided by your own Mairie.

Quick Covid-19 test trialling in the Hérault

The Occitanie Health Authority has been trying out 400,000 tests, which detect specific proteins (antigens).

The nasal swab procedure is the same as for the existing tests already available in the region, with the advantage that the results are available in less than 30 minutes.

At the moment priority for this new test is being given to people without symptoms as a preventative measure – outside existing clusters, confirmed cases or contact cases.
Ongoing trials include:

  1. Preventative testing of residents and staff of 60 care homes currently virus-free;
  2. Testing in 30 Accident and Emergency hospital departments to speed up the care of patients about to undergo surgery or emergency hospital admission;
  3. Preventative testing for specific groups – students in several universities in the region or members of the public in a vulnerable situation.

The old PCR tests will remain the standard test for Occitanie and the new tests are an added extra. The new tests could soon be available in other urgent cases for people (under age 65) already presenting symptoms during the first 4 days of infection and where the results of old tests cannot be supplied within 48 hours. The new tests can be carried out by doctors, pharmacists and nurses.

Cancer Support France-Languedoc (CSF-L), Covid-19 response
CSF-L continues to support Anglophones touched by cancer in the Hérault and Aveyron, as well as extending support to people touched by Covid-19 during the crisis. In line with guidance, this is done at distance. Our Helpline can be reached on 04 67 44 87 06. (This is a voicemail service and we aim to return calls within 24 hours of a message being left).

If there is information you would like to share with others, please contact us using our email address: feedback.csflanguedoc@gmail.com

We hope you stay safe and well.

Posted by steve