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.