Covid-19 Bulletin no. 26 – 16th October 2020

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

  • Key points from President Macron’s speech of Wednesday October 14 2020
  • Curfews from 9pm-6am and other related measures from Saturday October 17 2020 in Montpellier, Toulouse and other Maximum Red Alert areas
  • Beziers medical establishments (Beziers Hospital, Clinique Saint Privat, Clinique Causse) collaborating in contingency plans

Key points from President Macron’s speech of Wednesday October 14 2020

President Macron made a speech on Wednesday October 14 2020, pointing out very clearly that, unlike the first wave, Covid-19 is currently to be found across France, and hospital staff are already tired.

Slow down the virus

His priority was to slow down the spread of the virus in order to:

  • Protect those who are older and/or vulnerable
  • Protect the health service

As a nation of citizens, there is a shared responsibility to slow down the spread of Covid-19 for ourselves and for others.

The aim is to move from a current level of 20,000 new cases a day to 3,000.

The objective is to reduce contacts that increase the danger of viral spread, not to enter into another complete lockdown.

To achieve this, curfew and related measures in Maximum Red Alert areas were announced, and will be enforced from midnight on Saturday October 17 2020 (i.e. midnight of Friday/Saturday).

New app for track and trace from October 22 TOUS ANTI COVID

There will be a new app called TOUS ANTI COVID available from October 22.

There will be clear instructions as to when to use the app (i.e. whenever there is risk because of poor distancing/no mask etc).

Anyone testing positive – even if they have no symptoms – must isolate for seven days.

Government aid

The government is putting in place financial support for the poorest individuals and families, and for businesses hit hard by the measures being taken.

Curfews from 9pm-6am and other related measures from Saturday October 17 2020 (midnight Friday/Saturday) in Montpellier, Toulouse and other Maximum Red Alert areas  

Those areas to which 9pm-6am curfews and other related measures apply include Montpellier, Toulouse, Paris, Lille, Lyon, St Etienne, Grenoble, Marseille, and the Parisian region.

Details of the measures :

Curfews for six weeks

  • Restaurants, cinemas, etc will have to be closed by 9pm and, because people will need to be home by 9pm, it may be that closing times are set at 8.30pm.
  • People who work late/on shift will have authorisations to be out during curfew hours, as will anyone who needs to leave their house in response to an emergency.
  • Fines for breach of curfew will start at €135 and will rise to €1500.

Public transport will continue to run and there will be no ban on holidays or travel between regions, however, protective behaviours must be complied with.

Protective measures

  • Keep at distances of 1 metre or more apart
  • Wear masks if less than 1 metre apart, even with family
  • Meet outside wherever possible
  • Wash hands frequently, whenever changing location, and if unable to wash hands, use hydroalcoholic gel of 70% or more strength
  • Air rooms regularly (at least three minutes, three times a day)
  • No more than 6 people together at one table
  • No more than 6 people together from different households – even in the street

Mayors will be involved in ensuring compliance at local levels.

Béziers medical establishments (Béziers Hospital, Clinique Saint Privat, Clinique Causse) collaborating in contingency plans

Béziers is not the worst hit area of the Hérault.  Nevertheless, Béziers medical establishments (Béziers Hospital, Clinique Saint Privat, Clinique Causse) are collaborating in contingency plans. They will be sharing information daily on the numbers of Covid-19 patients, the number of A&E admissions, and will be ready to adapt as the pandemic evolves.

There will be collaboration among the “bed managers” concerning occupation of hospital beds and exchange of medical equipment. If there is a need to postpone non-emergency surgery, this will be done in close co-operation to provide made-to-measure solutions to the local population.

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.