According to a study, a quarter of the Vaudois population would currently have developed antibodies against the coronavirus.
The United States is getting closer half a million dead, while vaccines offer a glimpse of hope.
The idea of a “Covid passport” is it being studied in Switzerland? Guy Parmelin mentioned the track in the Sunday press.
■ 2,449 new cases, 26 deaths and 84 hospitalizations in 72 hours
Switzerland counts 2449 additional cases of coronavirus in 72 hours, according to the Federal Office of Public Health (OFSP). Twenty-six additional deaths are to be deplored and 84 patients were hospitalized. This number is similar to the one announced last Monday.
During the last 72 hours, the results of 58,545 tests have been transmitted, indicates the FOPH. The positivity rate is 4.18%. Over the last fourteen days, the total number of infections is 14,641. Over the past two weeks, the country has thus had 169.36 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants. The reproduction rate, which has a delay of ten days, is he to 0,91.
Since the start of the pandemic, 550,224 cases of contamination have been confirmed in the laboratory out of a total of 4,916,472 tests carried out in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Total deaths stand at 9,226 and the number of people hospitalized reached 23,224.
As for the coronavirus variants, 7,787 cases have been detected in Switzerland so far, of which 2,928 cases have been attributed to the British variant (B.1.1.7), 128 to the South African variant (B.1.351) and 5 to the variant Brazilian (P.1). In the remaining cases, a mutation was present, but the lineage was unclear.
The country also counts 11,051 people in isolation and 18,725 individuals among their contacts have been quarantined. In addition, there are 2,913 other people returning from a trip from a country at risk and who also had to go through the quarantine box.
■ France: confinement of the Alpes-Maritimes coastline on weekends
Containment measures will be implemented for the next two weekends in the towns along the Alpes-Maritimes coast, prefect Bernard Gonzalez announced on Monday.
One-hour outings will be authorized within a radius of 5km from Friday 6 p.m. to Monday 6 a.m. in an area extending from Théoule-sur-Mer to Menton, the most populated urban areas. And for 15 days from Tuesday, businesses of more than 5000m2, except pharmacies and food stores, will also be closed in the department, and border controls reinforced, especially at airports.
■ Schools reopen in Germany
After two months of closure, the children returned this morning to daycare or school in 10 of the 16 German regional states. They had already taken over in two other Länder, Lower Saxony and Saxony.
Children, especially younger ones, need each other
Classes, interrupted face-to-face since mid-December, however resume under drastic sanitary conditions, with classes alternating in half-groups or fixed numbers that will not be able to meet other students. The government also plans to speed up the vaccination of teachers and educators. Such announcements could be made after a meeting between regional health ministers and Angela Merkel’s government.
Despite drastic restrictions regularly extended for two months, Germany has all the trouble, particularly because of the spread of the British variant, to stem the pandemic, which has killed nearly 68,000 people.
■ A quarter of the population of Vaud is immune
About 25% of Vaudois and Vaudois currently have antibodies against the coronavirus, the canton said in a press release, citing a study conducted by Unisanté, as part of the national research program Corona Immunitas. “By measuring the level of antibodies in the blood, this study makes it possible to estimate the proportion of the population which has developed immune defenses, whether these people have been infected or vaccinated,” the statement said.
According to this study, 7% of Vaudois and Vaudois had been infected with the coronavirus and had developed immune defenses. A figure which rose to 17% in November, reaching 25% in early February. These results relate to a sample of more than 1000 people aged over 15 years.
■ Sustainable development threatened by the pandemic, according to Ignazio Cassis
The pandemic threatens the progress made in sustainable development around the world, according to Ignazio Cassis. The Federal Councilor called at the start of the Human Rights Council to work for the post-pandemic world. The effort required for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) “is considerable,” said the Swiss foreign minister, opening this month-long meeting entirely online. According to him, the pandemic has also put fundamental freedoms back at the center of citizens’ concerns.
■ A few hundred people in Basel for the Morgenstraich
Despite the cancellation of the Basel Carnival, a few hundred people gathered around 4am on Monday for a silent Morgenstraich. With a few exceptions, they respected the ban on playing the drum or the fife.
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This hint of carnival atmosphere prevailed above all on Rümelinsplatz in the old town, while other squares and streets were not very busy. Several cliques had brought out their luminous lanterns, which they had not been able to use last year.
Despite the ban on playing music, the Morgenstraich March could be heard: many people present were playing it through portable speakers. Vehicles and numerous police patrols were present. The police asked those present, who had formed large groups, to put on their masks. For the rest, they kept a low profile. At around 5 a.m., the old town started to empty.
■ In Great Britain, all adults vaccinated by the end of July?
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson promises that all adults will receive a first dose of the vaccine by the end of July and every over 50 by mid-April.
To date, a quarter of the UK population has received the first dose of the vaccine, but less than 1% of the population has received the second dose. Globally, at least 205.31 million doses of anti-Covid vaccines have been administered in at least 109 countries or territories, according to a count made by AFP.
■ Economiesuisse criticizes the government’s handling of the crisis
Switzerland has not coped with the pandemic optimally, according to Economiesuisse the organization of vaccination, in particular, is “a huge disappointment”, criticizes the president of the umbrella organization, Christoph Mäder, in an interview published by the Look.
In a country that considers itself high-tech, it can’t be very complicated to develop an IT tool that allows you to register within a reasonable timeframe, he says. According to him, if there is something positive to be learned from this crisis, it is to be hoped that digitalization will really progress.
According to Christoph Mäder, the biggest quack since the start of the crisis has been the discussion about the usefulness of masks. The president of Economiesuisse cannot understand that it has been claimed that masks are useless. This has seriously damaged the credibility of the Confederation and undermined the confidence of the people. The same goes for the bickering between Bern and the cantons. In addition, there has been too long hesitation about conducting large-scale screening tests, criticizes Christoph Mäder.
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