COVID-19 Vendée

From Saturday April 3rd at midnight we are going back into lockdown, President Macron announced on March 31st. For the next four weeks we can travel a maximum of 10km from our homes except for reasons listed on the form and the 19h00 to 06h00 curfew remains enforced.  Traversing departments is considered non-essential travel. All changes are listed on the Government website here (in French, right click for translation to your computer's default language. The following shops are open: "only those selling essential goods and service - plus bookshops, record shops, DIY, plant and flower shops, hairdressers, cobblers, chocolate makers, car dealerships, property viewers - in order to reduce contact in enclosed areas." For now the lockdown was announced at four weeks, until May 2nd.) Non-essential travel between countries remains restricted, and France demands a negative PCR Covid test within 72hrs of arrival at its borders. For all measures and number of cases specific to the Vendée, please continue reading. [Last update 01/04/2021. UPDATES ON MONDAY MORNINGS]
Situational map, testing locations, and other statistics

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Vendée department situation:
  • Corona virus statistics in Vendée - Situation report from 9th April - TO DATE (source Pays de la Loire Health department)
    • 107 058 (1st) and 40 871 (2nd) to date!
    • 30 848 total confirmed cases so far  (+ 3140 from 30th March.)
    • 115current hospitalizations
    • 18 currently in intensive care
    • 1231 total released from hospital
    • 230 people have died so far (+ 19 from 30th March)
    • 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 actioneco-coronavirus@paysdelaloire.fr
  • 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 5 058 680 (12/04/2021 - AM). Since 1 March 2020, a total of 98 750 patients have died from the disease in France. Questions about the vaccine? Check this comprehensive article from France24 here  Vaccinations (1st doses) administered: 10 757 542 (as of 12/04/2021 - AM)

Situation worldwide

Worldwide, there are 134,957,021 cases (12/04/2021 - AM) with 2,918,752 reported deaths. Vaccines doses administered: 669,248,795

 WHAT'S OPEN AND WHAT'S NOT IN THE VENDEE
  • DURING THE DAY FROM 06h00 to 19h00: 10km max from home without a form
  • CURFEW FROM 19h00 to 06h00 in place!
  • ATTESTATIONS TO BREACH 10KM OR CURFEW:  HERE
  • OPEN: Florists and other plant and flower shops, Hairdressers (also at home), booksellers, record stores, video game stores, musical instrument repairers, chocolate makers, shoemakers, car dealers (by appointment), real estate visits, mini-markets, supermarkets , Hypermarkets (only open the departments mentioned below), Fast food for take-away only, shopping centers of less than 10,000 m² for limited products, outdoor markets, covered market (food, plants, flowers, seeds, fertilizers), general food store, frozen food store, butchers, fishmongers, bakeries and pastries, wine, gourmet food or special food, charity food distributors, newspaper/ tabac, pharmacies, opticians, medical and orthopedic supplies, pet shops, laundry/pressing, garden centers, DIY, wholesale, University libraries (by appointment), car service and repair, gas stations, bicycle/motorcycle shops, rental shops e.g. car and equipment, farm shops, computer equipment/peripherals/ software, telecom, funeral services, cemeteries, parks and gardens, forests and beaches, post office, interim work agencies, auto-école: written driving tests only.
  • SERVICES: tax services, town halls, prefectures, police stations, banks, insurance, déchetteries
  • HOSPITALITY: campings/gites **may be** open but only when proprietors also live on the premises. (check locally)
  • PLACES OF WORSHIP: religious ceremonies are prohibited except for burials (limit of 30 people) and weddings (limit of 6 people)
  • ENTERTAINMENT CLOSED: theaters, performance halls, cinemas, museums, exhibition halls, monuments, conservatories and music schools, casinos, bowling alleys, zoos, circuses, stadiums, racetracks, cafes and restaurants except for take-away service.
  • ALL MEASURES, UPDATES, AND INFO HERE (GOVERNMENT WEBSITE - RIGHT CLICK TO CHANGE TO YOUR OWN LANGUAGE)
  • Source
INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL (updated 25/1/2021)

UPDATE COVID-19 RULES by EU from Thursday night 21/01/2021
**all non-essential travel across internal EU borders strongly discouraged(exceptions: travel for family reasons and work reasons such as frontier employees)
**A negative PCR test of less than 72 hours is mandatory to (re)enter France (coming from any other country inside and outside the European Union)
**a new mapping category of "DARK RED" to be introduced requiring test + self-quarantine -
bigger restrictions can be implemented to travelers coming from these areas
**from Sunday 24/01/2021 a negative PCR test needed 72 hours before departure to France from all EU countries
(except for trade traffic and frontier employees)
**
non-EU countries, additional security measures for essential travel to Europe but other than mandatory test no other details yet
**the European Commission urging EU states to increase gene-sequencing of CV-19 tests to detect mutations
-> current level is insufficient - just shows yes, you have coronavirus but they want to know which kind)
**EU want vaccination efforts sped up, protecting 70% of the adult population by the end of summer 2021 and 80% of health workers and those over 80 by March 2021.
AS OF 25TH JAN - it's unlikely deadlines can be met due to supply issues.
**The borders with the European Union remain open, however, the external borders remain closed. Travel to and from French territories to be restricted from 31st January 2021.
**Covid-19 between UK and FRANCE - all info here
**Travelers advice on the French
 diplomacy website
**The use of face-masks is mandatory in gas/petrol stations on the main auto routes, and in shops.

GOVERNMENT MEASURES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19

Protection
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. 

Testing
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 SARSMERS, 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.

      ALERT!

      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).

      Should it happen to you in this case, you can report it here.  Contact WHO and/ or Report a scam.

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      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!

      Sources: Linternaute, WHO, Gouvernement.fr, wikipedia, cdc.gov, Vendee Gouvernement and France24English, ARS Pays de la Loire

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