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.