New measures, new reports and highlights: update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.
The situation in France
Just over 24,500 patients with Covid-19 were hospitalized on Friday, including just under 3,900 in critical care, a figure down slightly for the second consecutive day, according to figures published by Public Health France.
The number of new confirmed cases remains at a very high level, at 329.371, or 24,049 more than the day before (305,322). By calculating the average of daily contaminations over the last seven days, which smooths out the differences, the number of Covid cases reaches 294,032, against 267,223 a week ago.
French hospitals currently have 24,511 patients with Covid, against 24,154 on Thursday, of which 2,486 were admitted in 24 hours. A week ago, 21,605 Covid patients were hospitalized.
On the other hand, the number of patients fell slightly for the second consecutive day in critical care, which treats the most serious cases, in particular in intensive care, with 3,895 patients (3,939 the day before and 3,985 Tuesday, against 3,904 Monday and 3,815 a day ago). week), including 310 new admissions.
The total number of deaths stands at 126,721 since the start of the epidemic.
Infections have experienced a meteoric rise under the pressure of the extremely contagious Omicron variant. But it is less dangerous than previous variants of the virus and Covid patients infected with Omicron stay in hospital for less time than patients infected with Delta, according to Minister of Health Olivier Véran.
On the vaccination side, nearly 53.52 million people have received at least one injection (79.4% of the total population) and more than 52.2 million are fully vaccinated (77.5% of the population).
In addition, 31.1 million people received a booster dose.
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After the resounding failure Thursday of a compromise with the Senate, the National Assembly re-entered on Friday afternoon the bill establishing the vaccine pass, with the prospect that it no longer applies to less than 16 years old. “We no longer have time” in the face of the epidemic, pressed government spokesperson Gabriel Attal on the podium, in place of the Minister of Health Olivier Véran himself affected by Covid-19. Mr. Attal defended “a text of democratic consensus and firmness in the face of the virus”, with the next vaccine pass, a “maximum incentive” assumed for vaccination.
A fifth vaccine has also been authorized, that of Novavax.
New turn of the screw in Iceland
Iceland will again tighten its arsenal of health measures, in particular with the closure for two and a half weeks of bars and nightclubs, announced the government faced with the outbreak of the epidemic.
From Saturday midnight, the limit for public gatherings is also lowered from 20 to 10 people.
Hong Kong Airport Transit Bans
Air passengers from 153 countries will no longer be able to transit through Hong Kong to prevent the spread of Covid-19, the city’s airport has announced.
Immunization of children
Norway will extend vaccination to the 5-11 age group on a voluntary basis and without making an official recommendation.
In Brazil, vaccination of children aged 5 to 11 began in Sao Paulo, a month after it was approved by health authorities despite criticism from President Jair Bolsonaro.
The balance sheet in the world
The pandemic has killed at least 5,519,380 people worldwide since the end of December 2019, according to a report established by AFP from official sources on Friday midday.
In absolute terms, the United States is the most bereaved country with 846,488 dead, followed by Brazil (620,545), India (485,350) and Russia (319,911).
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, taking into account the excess mortality directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19, that the toll of the pandemic could be two to three times higher than that officially recorded.
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