The number of people testing positive for Covid-19 has increased in many European countries and cases of the new mutations (from the UK spread to 40+ countries and South Africa spread to 6+ countries) have been confirmed in France. Therefore, curfew hours were adjusted across the country starting January 16 for at least 15 days. Between 18h00 and 06h00 hours, we are not allowed on the streets without a certificate. For all measures and number of cases specific to the Vendée, please continue reading.
Situational map, testing locations, and other statistics
Vendée department situation:
- Corona virus statistics in Vendée - Situation report from 15 Jan. (source Pays de la Loire Health department)
- 14,650 active confirmed cases (+ 896 from 8 Jan.)
- 108 current hospitalizations
- 6 currently in intensive care
- 749 total released from hospital
- 139 people have died (+9 from Jan 8th)
- New report detailing Vendée in percentages here
- The Pays de la Loire region has activated a new telephone number (toll-free) 0 800 100 200 and email address firstname.lastname@example.org
- The wearing of a mask is MANDATORY IN THE VENDEE. Please check mairie websites for local updates.
Situation in France
The total number of corona virus patients in France has risen to 2,910,989 (18/01/2021 - AM). Since 1 March 2020, a total of 70,283 patients have died from the disease in France.
Worldwide, there are 93,194,922 cases (18/01/2021 - AM) with 2,014,729 reported deaths.
STRICT CURFEW FROM January 16th-- WHAT'S OPEN AND WHAT'S NOT, AND THE DO'S AND DON'TS
- CURFEW FROM 18h00 to 06h00 in place!
- Attestations (curfew may be broken for legitimate reasons such as caring for a person in need, travel by public transportation with tickets, work.... BUT A FORM ATTESTATION IS NEEDED. FIND IT HERE)
- Travel restrictions lift - no attestations necessary
- Schools (primary and secondary - Colleges and Lycées), nursery schools and creches are open with strict sanitary measures. Universities are closed.
- Offices are to close and working from home is recommended
- Cemeteries open
- Indoor religious services resume, limited to 30 worshippers.
- Public events (fairs, shows....) cancelled
- Private gatherings are not allowed also not on Christmas (limited to 6 adults) or new-year's eve. Including outdoors.
- Care/ Retirement homes allow visits (under restrictions)
- Shops OPEN under strict conditions (in Vendée also on Sundays in December)
- Sports events are allowed but without spectators
- Theaters, cinemas, concert halls remain closed and all events continue to be cancelled until at least January 7th.
- Bars, café's are closed
- Restaurants closed BUT TAKEAWAY AND DELIVERY SERVICES ARE ALLOWED.
- Parks and gardens are open
- Public transport is running (mask obligatory).
- Taxis and private chauffeur services are running (mask obligatory)
- Public services (post offices, job centers) are open
- Hairdressers are open
- ALL MEASURES, UPDATES, AND INFO HERE (GOVERNMENT WEBSITE - RIGHT CLICK TO CHANGE TO YOUR OWN LANGUAGE)
FROM JANUARY 20TH
- Bars, cafés and restaurants may *perhaps* reopen on January 20th with social distancing and sanitary measures in place
- is now in progress
- vaccination is not mandatory
INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL (updated 4/1/2021)
**The borders with the European Union remain open, however, the external borders remain closed. French nationals and residents living abroad are free to return to the national territory.
**A negative test of less than 72 hours is mandatory to (re)enter France from outside EU borders
**Rapid tests will be administered in ports and airports for all arrivals.
**Covid-19 between UK and FRANCE - all info here
**NEW! Negative corona test proof mandatory to enter into/ return to Belgium (be aware there are checks at the borders and on the main roads)
**The use of face-masks is mandatory in gas/petrol stations on the main auto routes, and in shops.
**Travelers advice on the French diplomacy website
GOVERNMENT MEASURES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19
Science shows that the wearing of masks is preferable for slowing the spread of the disease. Having masks available for employees will be a requirement of reopening. It will be required to wear masks in public as well, and anywhere social distancing is not possible. The vulnerable will receive masks distributed by the post office or through associations. Pharmacies will sell both disposable and washable masks. Social distancing, rigorous hygiene, and discipline remain necessary.
Everybody displaying symptoms will be tested
Isolation is a civic duty
Controls will be put in place for those who test positive but the Prime Minister pleaded to the French public and residents to adhere to government guidelines as follows:
- to ensure self-isolation (this can happen at home with the entire family) OR in requisitioned hotels to self-isolate away from the family
- to work with the entities like doctors, nurses, or a special task force that will follow up to ensure testing of all people the person who tested positive was in contact with
- The app to track the disease raises legitimate questions of privacy and security but it is available form June 2nd. It is NOT mandatory to participate
What is the Coronavirus?
In humans, coronaviruses cause mild forms of respiratory tract infections, but strains like SARS, MERS, and COVID-19 can be deadly. Symptoms include fever and breathing issues. For now, there are no announcements of vaccines or medication that can either prevent or treat the virus. It is said that the illness feels less severe or painful than the common flu. Patients with a compromised immune system, people over 80 years old and people with heart issues are particularly at risk to contract the virus.
Where does the name come from?
According to Wikipedia: "the name is derived from the Latin corona, meaning "crown" or "halo", which refers to the characteristic appearance of the virus particles (virions): they have a fringe reminiscent of a crown or of a solar corona."
What are the symptoms?
Please consult the World Health Organisation's Q & A page for all of your questions, concerns and the very latest updates. Symptoms include fatigue, fever, loss of sense of taste and smell, and dry cough. People with high blood pressure, diabetes or heart issues are at higher risk. The incubation period is 1-14 days, but five days seems to be the most common.
What to do in case of symptoms?
- The government of France has activated a 24/7 toll-free number for your questions about the Coronavirus COVID-19 : 0 800 130 000. (not to be used for medical advice)
- If you present signs of respiratory infections within 14 days of your return from China (mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao), Singapore, South Korea, Iran or the Lombardy and Veneto regions of Italy, please dial the number 15 on your telephone.
- If you are on holiday and suspect the illness, please contact your local embassy or consulate.
Through its website, the World Health Organization or WHO reports that a scam has been started regarding the coronavirus. They report that:
"Criminals disguise themselves as WHO to steal money or sensitive information."
Criminals appear to contact us via email, websites, telephone, mobile phone, and also via fax.
Read the WHO message. It provides information on how to avoid "phishing" (as it is called in cyber-security jargon).
From 11th March WHO have deemed the virus a pandemic. You can find an up-to-date global map here. Please follow virus protocols as described in the above pamphlet provided by the government. Expect further announcements and monitor reputable news sources such as France24 (English) for up-to-date information. This article is updated frequently, so do check back and DO
stay healthy everybody!
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