Faced with the probable hypothesis of a lasting cohabitation with the coronavirus and its variants, hopes rest more than ever on vaccination. Olivier Véran announced this Saturday to consider an “accentuated” curfew or “partial confinement” in the Alpes-Maritimes. Follow all the news on the evolution of the coronavirus health crisis.
More than 22,000 new infections with the coronavirus have been recorded in the last 24 hours, while the number of people hospitalized has increased slightly, according to figures released on Sunday by Public Health France. Since Saturday, 22,046 new cases have been detected, against 22,371 the day before and 16,546 last Sunday, said the health agency.
The positivity rate of the tests (percentage of people tested positive out of all the people tested), which stood at 5.9% from Monday to Wednesday, continues to rise, to 6.3%.
Hospital pressure remains high, with 25,464 patients with Covid-19 hospitalized (against 25,269 on Saturday), including 3,392 in intensive care (against 3,369 the day before).
In the past seven days, 9,362 people positive for the coronavirus have been admitted to hospital, including 1,807 in intensive care units.
The Covid-19 killed 160 in hospital in 24 hours in France, bringing the total number of deaths since the start of the epidemic to 84,306.
The police on Saturday drew up nearly 4,600 verbalizations across France for non-compliance with the curfew set at 6 p.m., while the temperatures were mild, the Interior Ministry announced on Sunday.
For the day of February 20, 2021, 54.626 checks of people and 393 for irregular openings of establishments open to the public were recorded, of which 113 relate to illegal drinking establishments and restaurants.
Since December 15, 2020, more than 3 million checks have been carried out and 277,000 reports have been drawn up.
The German government plans to strengthen its warnings related to Covid-19 on Monday concerning the border department of Moselle, one of the most affected by the pandemic in France at present, according to press information released on Sunday.
The executive is due to focus on Monday, during a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel, on precautionary measures at German borders in order to fight against the spread of contamination and could classify the Moselle as a “high incidence zone”, or even in “zone affected by the variants of the virus”, affirms the regional press group Funke.
The Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Sunday called on Tanzania to take measures to protect its own citizens from the Covid-19 pandemic, but also the populations of countries visited by Tanzanians.
“Many Tanzanians traveling to neighboring countries and beyond have tested positive for Covid-19. This shows the need for Tanzania to take robust measures to protect both its own population and the populations of these countries and ‘elsewhere,’ said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a statement.
In his statement, the WHO chief sends his condolences to Tanzania following the deaths during the week of two senior public officials, including the first vice-president of the semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar Seif Sharif Hamad.
Members of the Australian government were among the first people to receive a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, when the vaccination campaign in Australia began on Sunday.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been vaccinated with a dose of Pfizer / BioNTech at a medical center in northwest Sydney as part of an operation to boost public confidence.
Jane Malysiak, an 80-year-old who lives in an elderly care facility, was the first inhabitant of the huge island continent to receive the vaccine, followed by caregivers and senior officials.
The pandemic has killed more than 2.45 million people worldwide since the end of December, out of nearly 111 million confirmed contaminations, according to a report established by AFP on Saturday at 11:00 GMT.
The United States is the country with the most deaths (497,568), ahead of Brazil (245,977) and Mexico (178,965). These figures are globally underestimated. They are based on daily reports from national health authorities, without including reassessments based on statistical bases.
Russia has registered its third vaccine, dubbed “Kovivak” and designed by the Chumakov Center in Moscow. This registration is the preliminary step to the final phase of clinical trials, but the government intends, without waiting for the conclusions of these trials, to put into circulation 120,000 doses by mid-March.
The country has already registered the Sputnik V vaccines, in August, and EpiVacCorona, in October.
More than 200 million doses of vaccines have been administered in at least 107 countries or territories, according to a count made by AFP from official sources on Saturday at 10:00 GMT. Some 45% of injections were carried out in the G7 countries, which however host only 10% of the world population. Its seven members (United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Japan) have made commitments in favor of a better distribution of doses with poor countries.
They announced more than doubling their collective support for anti-Covid vaccination, to 7.5 billion dollars, in particular via the UN Covax program, led by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The Ministry of Health in Israel – where the vaccination campaign is considered to be one of the fastest in the world – also said on Saturday that the injection of the two doses of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine was 95.8% effective against contamination by the coronavirus.
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