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MAP: Where in France are Covid-19 cases rising and which areas are low risk?

Covid-19 continues to spread at increased speed across the French territory, and public health authorities now have 88 mainland départements on their risk list. Here's look at what that means.

MAP: Where in France are Covid-19 cases rising and which areas are low risk?
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Of France's 96 mainland départements, 88 were considered at a “moderate” or “elevated” risk for Covid-19 by Santé Publique France in their latest update on October 1st. 

Mainland France now has just 8 départements which are considered low risk. 

 
A département's level is decided by Santé Publique France in consultation with the regional health authority. A range of factors are taken into account including the number of new cases, the number of clusters, the R rate, hospital admissions and the number of patients in intensive care.

Elevated risk zones

The dark blue areas were those at elevated risk, which generally indicates a high level spread of more than 50 new cases confirmed per 100,000 inhabitants over the preceding seven days.

Moderate risk zones

The lighter blue zones on the map were those at moderate risk.

Santé Publique France labels a département at 'moderate' risk generally when health authorities have registered between 10 and 50 new coronavirus cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last seven days.

IN NUMBERS: How fast are France's Covid-19 rates increasing?

Low risk zones

These are areas with fewer than 10 cases per 100,000 over the last 7 days and where there is little pressure on the areas hospitals from Covid-19 patients. As the map shows, there are not many of these “low risk” area left in France.

Infection rates over the last seven days

The map below from Santé Publique France also gives an idea of where cases are rising more rapidly than others. The ùap is based on the infection or incidence rates in different départements over the last seven days. The areas coloured dark blue are those with the highest infection rates.

The map is interactive so you can zoom in and hover your mouse over each département to find the infection rate.

 
What about red zones?

You might have also seen the French government's latest map, which assigns all areas in France a shade of red.

This rating is based on both case numbers and the pressure on local hospitals and – crucially – determines what restrictions are in place on daily life.

Areas show in pink have a lower level of restrictions than the red areas and dark red – the 'maximum alert zones' have the most restrictions of all.

So far only two areas – the metropole ares of Marseille and Paris – have been put on maximum risk which involves the closure of all bars, gyms, leisure centres and swilling pools and a ban on gatherings of more than 10 people.

Find out what your area is coloured on the restrictions map HERE.

 
 

 

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France launches ski safety campaign after rising number of accidents

Injuries and even deaths while skiing in France have seen a sharp rise in recent years - leading the French government to create a new ski safety campaign.

France launches ski safety campaign after rising number of accidents

The early part of the ski season in France was dominated by headlines over the lack of snow in popular mountain resorts – but, now that climatic conditions have started to improve for skiers and there is at least some snow, the winter sports season is in gearing up to hit full swing.

READ ALSO Snow latest: Have France’s ski resorts reopened?

Heading into the winter holiday season – French schools in ‘Zone A’ break up for two weeks on February 4th, followed on February 11th by schools in ‘Zone B’, while schools in Zone C finish for the vacation on February 18th – the government has launched an awareness campaign highlighting skiing good practice and how to avoid accidents.

READ ALSO What can I do if I’ve booked a French skiing holiday and there’s no snow?

The Pratiquer l’hiver campaign has advice, posters and videos highlighting safety on the slopes, in an effort to reduce the number of accidents on France’s mountains – where, every year, between 42,000 and 51,000 people have to be rescued, according to the Système National d’Observation de la Sécurité en Montagne (SNOSM)

The campaign, with information in a number of languages including English, covers:

  • on-piste and off-piste safety advice (signalling, avalanche risks, freestyle areas, snowshoes, ski touring, etc.);
  • Help and instructions for children explained in a fun and educational way (educational games, games of the 7 families to be cut out, safety quizzes, advice sheets for sledding, skiing, prevention clips, etc.);
  • physical preparation (warm up before exercise, prepare your muscles and stretch well, also how to adapt the choice of pistes and the speed to your physical condition);
  • equipment and safety (helmet, goggles, sunscreen, etc.);
  • marking and signalling on the slopes (opening and marking of green, blue, red and black slopes, off-piste).

There are 220 ski resorts in France, the world’s second largest ski area, covering more than 26,500 hectares of land, across 30 departements.

In the 2021/22 ski season, totalling 53.9 million ‘ski days’, according to SNOSM, emergency services made 49,622 interventions in France’s ski areas, and 45,985 victims were treated for injuries.

The results show an increase in the number of interventions by ski safety services – a rise of 13 percent compared to the average of the five years prior to the pandemic – and the number of injured, up 8 percent. 

A few incidents on the slopes made the headlines at the time, including the five-year-old British girl who died after an adult skier crashed into her in the Alpine resort of Flaine, and the French actor Gaspard Ulliel, who died at the age of 37 after an accident while skiing in La Rosière, Savoie.

In total, 12 people died as a result of skiing incidents in France in the 2021/22 ski season. Three died following collisions between skiers, two after hitting an obstacle, and seven as a result of a fall or solo injuries. SNOSM also reported “a significant number of non-traumatic deaths, mostly due to cardiac problems” on France’s ski slopes.

The injuries due to solo falls – which represent 95 percent of all injuries –  on the ski slopes increased 2 percent compared to winter 2018/2019. Collisions between users fell, however (4.8 percent against . 5.6 percent) as did collisions between skiers and other people, and obstacles (0.7 percent compared to 0.85 percent).

The number of fatalities caused by avalanches, however, is at a historic low over the period 2011 to 2021, in part because of a relative lack of snow – leading to a drop in the number of avalanches and fewer people going off-piste, while awareness campaigns are hitting their mark, according to SNOSM.

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