+ Corona Update + Marseille to close its restaurants

Even though the numbers in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d‘Azur (PACA) region have increased less strongly in the past week than in the previous week, they remain alarming — especially with regard to the number of Covid-19 patients in intensive care units. For this reason, the departments Bouches-du-Rhône and Alpes-Maritimes will apply tighter measures from tomorrow and Monday respectively. In France, the number of new contagions reached a new record in one day, with more than 16,000 yesterday.

In the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA) region, the number of people currently being treated in hospital for Covid-19, especially in intensive care, remains worrying. The number of hospitalizations is a consequence of the sharply increased Corona cases in recent weeks. Over the past week, however, the figures in the region have climbed less strongly than before.

In both the Bouches-du-Rhône and the Alpes-Maritimes, the two most affected departments of the PACA region, the 7-day number of infected persons per 100,000 inhabitants (incidence rate) has even fallen last week — in the Bouches-du-Rhône from more than 214 to 209, in the Alpes-Maritimes from more than 136 to 106.3. In the age group of 60 to 80 years, these figures have also improved in both departments.

Restaurants in Marseille are supposed to be closed from Saturday.

Because the absolute figures in Marseille still look the worst in France, Health Minister Olivier Véran announced on Wednesday evening that for the Bouches-du-Rhône department (as for the overseas department of Guadeloupe), immediately applies the maximum zone d‘alert with respect to the coronavirus. The incidence rate there exceeded the number of 250 per 100,000 inhabitants on that day, and therefore bars and restaurants are to be closed again for at least two weeks from tomorrow Saturday. Whether the regulation should apply only to Marseille, to the metropolis of Aix-Marseille or to the entire department is not yet clear.

Marseilles mayor Michèle Rubirola and the restaurateurs reacted indignantly to the announcement, especially since the mayor was not included in the decision. Renaud Muselier, President of the PACA Region, also condemns the collective punishment. He wants to bring about a lifting of the announced restaurant closures in court today.

Eleven other departments classified as ‘zones d‘alerte renforcée’

69 departments are currently considered as ‘red zones’ in relation to virus circulation. The red zones have now been divided into three subgroups with increasing warning levels: zones d‘alerte, zones d’alerte renforcée and zones d‘alerte maximal.
In addition to Marseille/Bouches-du-Rhône (zone d’
alerte maximal), the Corona warning level zone d‘alerte renforcée (high warning level) was declared in eleven other departments, including the Alpes-Maritimes with the metropolis of Nice.

What does that mean for the Alpes-Maritimes department?

Private parties may take part from Monday, September 28, a maximum of ten people
Stadiums, event halls etc. may accommodate a maximum of 1000 people (instead of 5000)
Indoor pools could be closed
Club homes and similar premises (salles des fêtes and salles polyvalentes) must be closed from Monday, 28 September
In the public space not more than ten people may stay together from tomorrow Saturday
Workers should work as far as possible in the home office
Bars and cafes should close from Monday, 28 September, at the latest at 10 p.m.
Fitness centers and sports halls will remain from Monday, 28 September, closed
again As for restaurants, museums, theatres and cinemas, it remains for the time being with the previous regulations (mask, distance, etc.). Restaurants, kiosks, mini supermarkets must close between 0.30 and 6 am. After 8pm, alcohol must not be drunk in the public space. Mayors can decide on a mask duty only in parts of their cities on their own.

France (as of yesterday, 24 September, 2 p.m.)
• 16,096 newly infected persons in 24 hours
• 1091 observed foci of infection (clusters) (+95 in 24 hours)
• 52 deaths in 24 hours (31.511 since the outbreak of the virus)
• 718 people in the intensive care unit
• 6.5 percent is currently the positive rate in the tests (quota on the basis of all Sars-Cov-2 tests carried out in the last 7 days)

Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA)
The latest figures from the Regional Health Authority ARS PACA come fromyesterday, 24 September, and summarize the Corona situation of the 38th calendar week.
• 765 people in the PACA region are hospitalized (+28 percent per week). 30 percent of hospitalized patients are between 45 and 65 years of age.
• 157 people in intensive care unit (+17 percent)
• 30 people with Covid-19 died in hospital last week
• Around 100,000 people are checked in the region every week

• 7-day incidence (cases per 100,000 inhabitants in week 38): 106 (previous week: 136)
• 141 people are Hospitalized (previous week: 136)
• 14 of them are in intensive care unit (previous week: 13)

Bouches-du Rhône
• 7-day incidence (cases per 100,000 inhabitants in week 38): 209 (previous week: 214)
• 486 people are hospitalized (previous week: 405)
• 116 of them are in intensive care unit (previous week: 108)
• 7-day incidence (cases per 100,000 inhabitants in week 38): 67 (previous week: 77.4)
• 56 people are hospitalized (previous week: 59)
• 12 of them are in intensive care (previous week: 7)

In Principality six new cases were announced yesterday Thursday, with the latest figures of living people in the statistics. Since the start of the pandemic, a total of 205 people have been tested positively for Covid-19 in Monaco.
Currently, ten people with Covid-19 are being hospitalized in the CHPG, including two patients (including one Monaco resident) in the ICU. Of the eight others on a normal station, five live in Monaco.
28 positive tested with low symptoms are in domestic quarantine and are cared for by the Centre de Suivi à Domicile.

Where can you get tested?
All over France: Covid-19 tests are offered without prescription and free of charge for everyone. A map of the test laboratories of the PACA region can be found here. Because of the high crowd, people with prescription, people with symptoms, people at risk and health care have priority.