DIRECT – Coronavirus: “there are reasons for optimism”, according to Gabriel Attal

As France faces a fifth wave, the situation is beginning to stabilize in hospitals. Follow here all the news related to the health situation in France or around the world.

12:50 p.m.

Hong Kong will cull nearly 2,000 hamsters after some of them tested positive for coronavirus, authorities have announced as the city sticks to a strict “zero Covid” strategy. This slaughter was ordered after the appearance of cases of Covid-19 in a pet store.

12:23 p.m.

The Ugandan government has announced the suspension of mandatory Covid-19 tests at its border with Kenya, after the measure caused huge truck traffic jams and disrupted the country’s fuel supply.

12:22 p.m.

The demographic consequences of the health crisis were less marked in 2021 than in 2020, according to a report published Tuesday by INSEE: mortality, although still abnormally high, has fallen and the birth rate, despite a “Covid effect” at the start of the year, rose slightly.

10:10 a.m.

The unemployment rate fell further in the UK at the end of November despite the end of government employment aid put in place during the pandemic, almost returning to its pre-Covid level just before the impact of the Omicron variant.

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Based on the advice of scientists, the government spokesman said “there are reasons for optimism today”. “We see that the Delta wave has really regressed, we see that the traffic is tending to slow down and that in the regions where the Omicron wave started first, particularly in Ile-de-France, there is the beginning of a decline (…) We see that in our intensive care units, the situation has stabilized, the tension is no longer increasing“.

“Now, we obviously have to remain vigilant and continue our efforts”, however added Gabriel Attal.


Burnley’s game against Watford, scheduled for Tuesday, has been postponed after the Premier League accepted the Clarets’ request for a postponement on the grounds that they did not have the minimum number of players available, it was learned on Monday evening.

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