elected officials from the East want more than a 6 p.m. curfew

In Strasbourg, December 17, 2020.

At least 64,381 people have died from Covid-19 since the start of the epidemic, including 303 in hospitals in the past twenty-four hours, according to data communicated Wednesday, December 30 by Public Health France (SPF). The institute also reports 26,000 new cases confirmed in one day, but this strong increase is partly explained by a catch-up of data that could not be integrated into the epidemic reports of the day before due to a computer incident. . Health authorities stressed on Tuesday that the number of new cases declared (+ 11,000) was ” underestimated “.

Hospitals are treating 24,593 patients with Covid-19 (- 183) in parallel, a first drop after four days of a continuous rise in the number of patients hospitalized for a SARS-CoV-2 infection. The number of patients in intensive care fell to 2,661 (- 14).

“We have been on a plateau for about three weeks, with about 15,000 new infections per day recorded in our country (…). We are therefore still too high. It is not increasing, but it remains at a very high level ”, estimated Tuesday evening the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, on the set of France 2.

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  • In the East, some elected officials want more than a curfew

A curfew at 6 p.m. in the East rather than a re-containment: the measure chosen by the government to slow the rebound of the epidemic is considered too light by local officials, a sign of their concern on New Year’s Eve .

” I would have liked (…) take advantage of this holiday period (…) to be able to achieve a form of confinement “, declared on Franceinfo the president (Les Républicains) of the Grand-Est region, Jean Rottner, who fears of “Take a late train”. The measure should take effect from January 2, after local consultation. “Why wait for the 2? “, asked Mr. Rottner. “I remain skeptical about the relevance of a half-measure”, added on France Bleu Lorraine Valérie Beausert-Leick, president (PS) of the Meurthe-et-Moselle department.

“We do not want to confine at this stage: neither generalized containment nor local containment”, argued Mr. Véran Tuesday evening. According to the Ministry of Health, 20 departments are concerned, from the Ardennes to the Alpes-Maritimes via the Haut-Rhin.

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  • The data of the file of vaccinations protected by medical secrecy, recalls the CNIL

The personal data contained in the file created to manage the vaccination campaign against the new coronavirus “Are protected by medical confidentiality”, recalled Wednesday, December 30 in an information note the CNIL, guardian of the privacy of the French.

The actors who will have access to “Some of this data” are the health professionals (…) performing the prior consultation and / or vaccination “, the “Attending physician of the vaccinated person (…) subject to the latter’s consent “, or “Other public structures such as the National Health Insurance Fund (CNAM) or the National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products (ANSM)”.

Other actors, such as staff from SPF, regional health agencies or the Ministry of Health, may have access to pseudonymized data (without the name, first name, social security number, contact details) to “Monitor vaccination coverage and organize the vaccination campaign”.

Anyone may exercise a right of opposition to the processing of their data within the framework of this file, with the Health Insurance, as long as they have not given their consent to the vaccine and received it. On the other hand, if a person accepts the vaccination, he will no longer be able to exercise this right of opposition to the extent that the processing of data “Meets an important objective of public interest”, underlines the CNIL.

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  • Influenza slowed down by barrier gestures

Fighting a virus means fighting them all: the flu epidemic has still not started in France thanks to the barrier gestures adopted to counter SARS-CoV-2, SPF said on Wednesday: “The impact of the flu still seems to be significantly reduced compared to previous years thanks to the adoption of barrier gestures”.

Since the start of surveillance at the end of September, no “No active circulation of influenza viruses” in metropolitan France, according to the health agency. In addition, over the same period, “No serious case of influenza has been reported by the services participating in this surveillance”, no admission to intensive care having been recorded for this reason. Last year, the flu sent 61 patients to intensive care between early November and late December.

In recent months, health authorities have frequently recalled that generalized barrier measures to combat the new coronavirus (hand washing, physical distancing, mask, etc.) were also useful against other winter viruses that cause influenza or gastroenteritis.

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  • The reopening of theaters on January 7 “very unlikely”

“At this point it seems very unlikely” as theaters, cultural venues, theaters and cinemas “May reopen” January 7, due to the level of contamination which is on a “High enough plateau”government spokesman Gabriel Attal said on BFM-TV on Wednesday.

Culture professionals “Are in permanent contact with Minister Roselyne Bachelot, who works with them, who exchanges with them to give them as much visibility as possible”, added the government representative.

Closed since the re-containment at the end of October, cinemas, theaters and performance halls were set to reopen on December 15 but had seen their hopes dashed when the executive announced that they would have to remain closed again until at least January 7.

Asked about the reopening of ski resorts, where ski lifts are currently closed, Mr. Attal clarified that it was ” the same “ and, “Immediately, it seems[ait] rather unlikely that a large number of constraints can be alleviated ”.

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  • Axa ordered to compensate a hotelier-restaurateur

The Annecy commercial court on December 22 condemned the insurance company Axa to compensate a hotelier-restaurateur for its operating losses linked to the Covid-19 epidemic, an unprecedented decision to date for a establishment of this type. Axa will have to pay a provision of 60,000 euros to the plaintiff while awaiting the definitive quantification of its operating losses via a legal expertise.

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Initially, the insurer refused any compensation, highlighting a clause in the contract stipulating that the operating loss guarantee does not apply if the interruption of activity affects several establishments in the same region or at the national level. The court, however, found this clause null and void and decided that the guarantee “Operating loss following administrative closure” was due.

This decision “Potentially concerns all hoteliers and restaurateurs insured by Axa, ie a few thousand contracts on national territory”, underlined Quentin Mugnier, lawyer of this hotelier-restaurateur of the resort of Les Gets, in Haute-Savoie.

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