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Fake news about Covid cases in Argelès

Posted: Fri 10 Jul 2020 15:54
by dsd
I consult the open Facebook page of PO Life but choose not to have a Facebook account. Someone posted about there being far more cases than the 2 announced a couple of days ago (7, as of today).
I can't find the bit in l'Indépendant which said the rumours of cases in Argelès and Canet are untrue, but here is a link to l'Ouillade: ... ngs/213736

Re: Fake news about Covid cases in Argelès

Posted: Fri 10 Jul 2020 18:27
by Merisin
Thank you for this post. I had no idea that you can look at Facebook without having an account.


Re: Fake news about Covid cases in Argelès

Posted: Sat 11 Jul 2020 10:33
by Ted & Jemima

No direct answer to your question (sorry) but wanted to say that the French government's publication of data surrounding COVID19 has been excellent (despite a few errors early on) compared to other notable countries (ahem). There is a weekly updated map of 'clusters' presently being investigated by Public Health here (see map on page 10) and PO is not highlighted: ... 56/2671953

Obviously, there are still individual cases arising from people travelling, holidays, commuting to workplaces etc ... but it is localised clusters beyond family homes that can spread like wildfire. We suffered that early on in Aude when clusters broke out in Lezignan-Corbieres & Quillan. 59 deaths in Aude to date tragically.

There are also good data updated by INSEE, the gov statistics office, concerning excess deaths over the norm:

The local press seems to have failed in providing regular factual data about the virus to its readers. Also no follow-up stories after having flagged a potential cluster. It seems that one new roadsign in a tiny village merits a story, but lifechanging virus experiences are beyond our local journalists. And they wonder why people turn to social media.

Ted & Jemima