Etikettarkiv: Corona

Back to normal

France National day, 2 days off and now tomorrow back to the hamster wheel, and what can I say. Far from enough, really needed but to be back to normal will take more than 5 days, maybe more than 1 week (it’s soon upcoming), cause my brain is on fire.

But forget about that and look at France and the Covid situation. First of all:

France will impose Covid-19 tests of less than 24 hours on entry to its territory from the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, Greece and the Netherlands, Matignon announced Saturday.

The measure will come into force at midnight on Sunday.

From midnight on Sunday, unvaccinated travellers from the United Kingdom, but also from five European Union countries (Spain, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus and the Netherlands), will have to present a negative PCR or antigenic test less than 24 hours old to enter France, Travellers vaccinated against Covid-19 with a vaccine recognised by the European Medicines Agency will be exempt from this requirement from Saturday.

And I guess there is a list of countries to follow the UK for example, all cause the rapid amount of new cases in France. We have the last week seen:

And then we have the new restrictions coming up from the 21st of July and 1st of August, and the protests planned around us. I read, without being able to get it confirmed, that even Policemen will refuse to take the vaccine, the mandatory vaccine for people with jobs where they take care of people.

I do support the new rules, no questions about it, but from start I have said that the Government must lay down the infrastructure and be clear with the rules first, then take the decision to impose this on the people in, in this case, France.

Well well, no one cares but here is list of things I wish been done before the 1st of July:

  • How will not vaccinated, but tested, get access to Restaurants, shops, supermarkets, Cafés and bars? Force them to take a test every 24 hour (todays not for free).
  • Who is in charge of throwing people out if they don’t have the QR code?
  • Who, in a busy café or bar, will be in charge of the scanning of codes?
  • Is the QR code also mandatory on the terraces? Or only inside? Like the masks are now?
  • Scannars are tech, tech can malfunction, what then? What if the “TousCovid” app go down, being hacked? Do we need the papers as well?
  • Why can’t I test the QR code at home to see if it actually works as promised? Now its no problem to scan the test result, but the QR code for scanning just say “No data” when you try to scan it with a normal scanner. So I guess there is a special scanner or application for people in charge of scanning. Or?

Just a few things. At the end I still think the only way to get figures down is to stop border crossings completely for a month, worldwide. What countries then decide within their borders is one thing, but no travel for anyone, Royalty and EU folks included.

Björn

French link in French only

Rain in Paris, France

Thinking about it, and take all the facts into account, I have been very lucky so far this summer… All summer, up until now, have more or less rained away. Just like the summer 2015 it rains at least once a day… And I say at least, cause it’s way over that.

But I have not been in hit by any showers going to work or back home on my bike. OK, two days were rain all day, but I knowing that I took the Metro, but it’s only 2 days. So lucky me. But the rule still is, rain in the morning, no bike. Rain in the afternoon going home, bike is OK… I can arrive home looking like I been swimming in the Seine – with clothes on.

The picture of the day is from the passed weekend. It was sun, a bit of windy and I went to the restroom and came out again to what you see in the picture. From dry cobbler stones to that in max 4 minutes.

I also noticed this morning it’s getting darker and darker in the mornings when I leave for work. Soon time to put the lights on and the yellow west, which in my case have nothing to do with the French Yellow wests, whom I think will be out soon on the streets. That is a wild guess after Macrons speech yesterday.

Macron yesterday

So, just a few words on the Presidents speech yesterday. Not much of a surprise when it came to Covid, vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate. But it really was more about kick starting the Presidential campaign for 2022. And I guess that will push the yellow wests out on the streets again, and the unions to strike. Just wait for it.

On the Covid issue, health workers must vaccinate, mandatory. With a very wide rage of the word “Health worker”. In his speech health worker is anyone taking care of vulnerable people. So guessing also the police and firemen will be included here.

And we know that the unions there already said no to mandatory actions when it comes to vaccines.

Then for the normal people. The health pass will be used in a much wider rage than now. from 21st of July you need it for all gatherings with more than 50 people and from 1st of August also when you go out to a cafè, restaurant, mall etc. Think “everything” with more than 1 person involved.

I do not oppose this, its easy to get the health pass, even if I wish it was possible to test the QR codes to be sure they actually work (now I know you can upload them on the app, but then the new code can’t be tested as a private person). What I wonder is if the timeline is a bit narrow.

No problem to impose new rules but you need to have the infrastructure in place first. Cause who will check the QR codes in a busy cafè? Do the owner need to hire someone for that or is it something the state need to provide?

What happens if someone refuse to leave when they don’t have the pass? Is it up to the owner of the place to kick them out or will we see more police on the streets, if so where do they come from?

What about tourists? If you need proof of full vaccination or a test result no older than 48 hours, must tourists take a test every second day just to be able to go out for a meal? And now when the test will cost you, will tourists spend more than a short weekend in France? If so, won’t boost the tourism industry.

And what about buses, Metro etc, more than 50 persons for sure.

But this way to impose rules on people without having the infrastructure in place first is typical for politicians nowdays, cause everything must go fast fast fast. If it is Corona rules or city planning it’s the same problem. First the law then the infrastructure.

Not smart, but it’s how they do it.

So we will see how this is going to work, all start on the 21st of July and since I have my health pass the only thing that worries me is that I have no idea if the QR code works or not. I want to confirm it works.

Have a nice day now peeps

Björn

Parade

I thought this was a perfect morning to write a happy post on TGIF and how this day might, I say MIGHT, be a good day at work when colleagues take a day off after returning from the Conference this week.

Instead, arriving to Madeleine Church and Place de la Concorde you find yourself in the middle of a rehearsal for the National Day celebrations, so between Madeleine and Concorde I been stopped 3 times, asked to take another route when I was stopped for the second of the three, all to be stopped by military the third time.

And I promise you all the police who stopped me the second time only asked me to re-route and meet the military people, only did it cause he did not want to take a decision to let me in at work.

All this leaves me with the absurd love for parades the French have. As a Swede, who only see military parades in Stockholm when they change the guard at the Royal Palace (and really more for tourists than anything else) it is only stupid. Especially when they must close the city for rehearsals (and we have not seen the rehearsals with the planes yet.

OK, I buy it, it’s a cultural thing you must deal with cause it won’t change. But I hope, someday in the future, that the National day is more about celebration and fun than in this pompous way focus on a France that’s no longer here.

Also, todays weekly Corona report, we do not go in the right direction at the moment:

The Delta is taking over and also some news about the vaccines, Sweden will give a third and fourth injection from September to all vaccinated people whom been vaccinated with Moderna and Pfizer, to fight Delta over winter. Where the 4th will be in combination with the normal flue vaccine.

I do not want that to happen, I seriously don’t want more vaccines at the moment – please….

So, I end this with what was my initial intension today, a huge TGIF

Björn

TGIF – Repeat

Finally Friday, and even if its a fact that managers hate Fridays and weekends I will try to keep my spirit up all day, not think dark thoughts and stress all weekend over work at least. I will stress over the fact that I am going to the dentist next week, Tuesday, and you who know me very well are fully aware of the panic a simple visit to the dentist creates in me.

I still wish my phobias at least is about something you really need to be scared of, like war, starvation to be murdered on your way home a late night – but no… Dentists, frozen lakes and Moray eels. What is the logic in that? Seriously…

Another logic thing to be scared of will be Covid, at least with a heart condition, but no… And here are the figures for the passed week…

So that is everything for the day – and let us hope I can take the bike back home this afternoon and avoid Moray eels.

Björn

Friday – A day off work

Not a holiday in France, but 14th of May still a day off for me, but not at peaceful as I wanted it to be, it is tough to relax from thinking of work at the moment. C´est la vie.

And a new kidney stone arrived today, so the collection is growing. I wish kidney stones was as valuable at its similar stone in oysters, the pearl. Voila, I will be a rich man.

And this weeks Corona report:

Have a nice weekend

Björn

“Open up”

When do you count your country as opened up? Paris is sizzling, soon will the cafés open their outdoor seating and people gets a little twinkle in their eyes just thinking about it.

And seriously it is lovely but at the same time, the first weeks, we still have a curfew from 19h00 (will after a while be 23h00) – so open up?

It means in the week you can, after work, sit down, having a beer with friends for maybe 15 minutes before you need to leave to be home before 19h00. OK, this is a grown up problem since the responsible generation, now between 20 to 35 years of age already have given their finger to rules, masks and curfews. Why stay at home when you can Uber home after Midnight?

But, at least we look forward to the new world in front of us.

And note that “Open up” is also the slogan for the Eurovision 2021.

Björn

30th of April 2021 & TGIF

The first thing to do today will be to wish all my Swedish readers a Happy Valborg (or we can also add the fact that it’s the Swedish Kings birthday and say Happy Birthday).

I doubt there will be any “Valborgsmässoeld” in Paris this year even if the Swedish community usually very inventive, so some photos from way back in Tungelsta, Sweden.

Then we can make a jump into the Covid report, this week and the figures behind the new Corona restrictions the French Government will put in place from the 3rd of May, 19th of May and beginning of June 2021.

So what is the plan? Again the French Government will, if the gossip tells the truth, implement a plan without logic. So no doubt the French will interpret them so it fits into their own lifestyle.

  1. Curfew still in place, but from 20h00
  2. Opening of cinemas, museums and events for outdoor 1000 people and indoors 800 people
  3. Cafè, Restaurants can open up outside, but only 2 at each table
  4. You can have 10 people in your apartment
  5. Work from home is still the main option

So how to read this? OK, The Corona virus is still more dangerous in the late nights than at 19h00 or 19h30. Outdoor, on a terrace, the virus gets vicious if there is more than 2 people at each table but not at all at a sports event for 1000 people or at a mask free event in your home for 10 people.

And of course, again, alcohol is the worst thing ever when it comes to spreading the virus. Not the Metro, Supermarket or even worse the open markets.

Too me all this makes no sense and is hard to understand why. Most of the French people feel the same so people do not listen as much anymore. But I look forward to the second weekend of open terraces cause then I will be there (the first will be a nightmare), and for sure in June when the curfew is said to be 23h00.

Plan for the opening up

No, let’s wrap this up with a translation.. Hugs, TGIF, and take care…

Björn

TGIF – Oh yes it is

So, this week we learned that UPS is the worst courier company in the world, not flexible at all. I got a text message saying they will deliver my purchased new IQOS Duo. And since I’m in office I changed the delivery date to Tuesday next week, when I know I work from home.

But they actually still turned up yesterday, and left a message “Sorry we missed you, we will return tomorrow between 10h30 – 16h30”. Again, I still in office not working from home until Tuesday, and I have it confirmed in a text that I changed the date.

It’s been the same problem with UPS every time I bought something online and they use UPS. And even more stupid, I have a UPS pick up point 30 meters from my home, but they ask me to pick the package up, if not home today, at an UPS pick up point 3 km from my home. Usually the parcels have ended up in the place close to me, not this time. This never happens with DHL or normal post delivery. Only UPS.

So I’m worth a TGIF, ice in the freezer and Casal Garcia waiting at home, all depending on the how the day turns out. If the team meeting makes me angry I’m not in mood for wine. This is the worst thing with having the team meetings on Friday afternoons – Team meetings should be on Monday mornings to plan the week not get stressed over the weekend cause of tasks popping up.

Last Friday I was so longing for a glass of wine and ended up going to bed 20h00 instead.

And for you all who want to compare your countries new covid cases with the French, here they are, this weeks new cases.

Björn

New Morning and new test result…

So one more week, and the fact that I’m most likely to be the most tested person in the world kind of just rolls on and on.

But beside that the fun fact in April 2021 is that Greta is 18, Greta is an adult person and yesterday she was the guest on woke media (Public service or main stream media) to talk about the climate (chocker). At the same time she revealed what her nice parents gave her on her birthday, of course after a speech on the fact she asked for no “new” things.

Greta Thunberg on Public Service Radio 2021 04 12 – picture from P3 Instagram

So, note that she, this grown up person against all kind of plastic got plastic bubble wrap and brussels sprouts on her birthday, the 18th birthday. To see this interview is painful… And this is the person millions of people, leaders included, listen too. Or pretend to listen too most likely. This girl is not mentally sane.

But still, Plastic? Really? First shame plastic bags in supermarkets and go home and play with bubble wrap?

Think about it and have a nice day

Björn