Vaccination, re-containment, epidemic assessment, virus mutation … Find the latest information on the health crisis linked to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In summary :
– Europe has once again become the epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic in recent days, according to the European Center for Disease Control. Nearly two million cases have been detected there over the past week.
– Since Monday, Austria has decided to re-limit only unvaccinated people to cope with a strong wave of contaminations and encourage them to be bitten. Our report on the spot.
– In France, the incidence rate has returned to above 100 over the last seven days, a first since mid-September. This figure is twice the alert threshold, set at 50 by the government.
Belgium crosses the threshold of 10,000 contaminations per day. According to figures from the Sciensano Public Health Institute, the contamination rate is up 27% compared to the previous week.Between November 6 and 12, 9,998 new Sars-CoV-2 infections were detected on average per day. Since the start of the pandemic in Belgium, 1,512,474 coronavirus infections have been recorded. Today, 74.8% of the Belgian population is fully vaccinated.
British schoolchildren less and less absent because of the Covid. On November 11, 1.6% of absences by British students were linked to Covid-19, according to the British Ministry of Education. This is the lowest level since the reopening of public schools in September. On October 21, this figure had reached 3.2%, thus halving in the space of three weeks.
Few cases of Covid-19 during COP26. According to a public health agency, only a tiny fraction of those attending the Glasgow climate summit tested positive at the event. the Guardian reports that the incidence rate was around 1 in 250 people. Throughout the event, the United Nations and United Kingdom health authorities imposed a very strict regime: delegates had to provide a test result negative every day, masks were mandatory indoors and physical distancing measures maintained.
More than 62 million doses delivered by France to the Covax device. As part of the mechanism that ensures equitable access to vaccination against Covid-19 across the world, France has sent more than 62 million doses to the poorest countries. In total, these are 25.9 million AstraZeneca vaccines, 15.8 million Moderna, 12.2 million Janssen and 8.2 million Pfizer, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday.
Cyprus offers a vaccine booster from 18 years old. As the country experiences an increase in daily infections and hospitalizations, the Cypriot authorities have announced that they will gradually make available a third dose of the vaccine for all adults. And those over forty who were vaccinated more than six months ago will be able to receive their booster as of Wednesday.
The UDI proposes to create a monitoring platform for the long Covid. In the Assembly, UDI deputies put on the table a bill to create a monitoring platform to better support people suffering from the long-term sequelae of Covid. The text of the centrist parliamentarians will be on the menu in public session on November 26.
The Covid spoils the fairyland of Christmas in Germany. The city of Munich has canceled its Christmas market, which attracts over two million visitors, due to “Exponential growth” of Covid-19 infections. Munich is the first major German city to make such a decision this year, in the face of the virulence of the new epidemic wave affecting Germany. “It’s bitter news […] but the dramatic situation in our hospitals and the exponential growth in the number of infections leave me no other choice ”, said the mayor of the city, Dieter Reiter.
Greek restaurants go on strike. Greece has increased penalties for recalcitrant restaurants. Consequence: the establishments largely closed their doors on Tuesday in the country for a 24-hour strike denouncing the intensification of controls and the increase in fines in the event of non-compliance with new measures to stem the resumption of the coronavirus pandemic . Faced with the upsurge in the number of coronavirus cases and dozens of deaths recorded daily, the government has imposed the health pass for restaurants and outdoor cafes for ten days.
Pfizer is following in the footsteps of its competitor Merck. The American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has signed a voluntary license agreement which should make it possible to distribute its anti-Covid pill – once authorized – beyond rich countries and to combat more effectively a pandemic which continues to wreak havoc. The announcement was made jointly on Tuesday by Pfizer and the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP), created by Unitaid, and could potentially add a means of combating Covid-19 to a still limited palette.
Generic drug manufacturers “Which are granted sub-licenses will be able to supply the new drug in combination with ritonavir (a drug used against the AIDS virus, Editor’s note) to 95 countries, covering up to about 53% of the world population”, Unitaid spokesperson Hervé Verhoosen said during the regular UN briefing in Geneva. At the end of October, Merck had entered into a similar pact with the MPP for its own oral anti-Covid, molnupiravir.
Fabien Roussel calls for an emergency plan for overseas territories. In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, the Communist presidential candidate calls for a “Emergency plan for overseas territories», severely impacted by the pandemic. The risk of a popular uprising is there «immense», he said. And adds: “While thousands of families are bereaved and bruised, the prolongation of the state of health emergency weakens every day a little more the prospect of a hypothetical economic recovery ”. He will travel from 22 to 28 in Guyana, Martinique and Guadeloupe.
New results in Russia: high contamination and poorly vaccinated population. Over the last twenty-four hours, Moscow has counted 1,240 dead and 36,818 new cases. A balance sheet slightly below the day before. However, the epidemic is reaching unprecedented levels since the start of the crisis. On November 6, a record of contaminations was recorded, when new infections exceeded 40,000. And this, while barely 4 out of 10 inhabitants are vaccinated in the country. For now, only four-month confinement, for those over 60, has been decreed at the end of October in the Russian capital.
A new variant from Congo identified in France. This new version of Sars-CoV-2, discovered in September in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has just been added to the list of those “being evaluated” by the French health authorities. It would be at the origin of a cluster in Brittany. If the variant, called B.1.640, is closely monitored, the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, wants to be reassuring in the columns of West France: “There is no indication that it is particularly dangerous.”
Controls of reinforced barrier gestures in Ardèche. While the incidence rate in the department is soaring, dropping to 184 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, the prefect Thierry Devimeux has decided to strengthen the controls of barrier gestures, especially in markets and other public spaces. Ardèche is the second department in France where the virus circulates the most after Haute-Corse. In question, according to Thierry Devimeux, “relaxation in barrier gestures” and an “population less vaccinated than elsewhere“, As he explained this Tuesday morning at the microphone of France Bleu Drôme Ardèche.
The mask is again compulsory in some towns of Loir-et-Cher. Since Monday, several municipalities of Loir-et-Cher impose the wearing of the mask outdoors, until December 31, 2021. The city centers of Blois, Romorantin and Vendôme are targeted, explains The New Republic. But also open-air markets, flea markets, funfairs, events or areas in which the sanitary pass is required. In the department, the incidence rate is currently 74 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over the last seven days.
In Ukraine, the vaccinated will be paid. To encourage his population to be vaccinated, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced Monday that his compatriots who have received two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine will receive financial compensation. “Each person having received two doses will be able to obtain 1000 hryvnias”, he explained, or about 35 euros – a significant amount in one of the poorest countries in Europe. Barely 20% of Ukrainians are now fully vaccinated.
French Polynesia is finally blowing. The High Commissioner of the Republic in Papeete announced Monday (Tuesday in Paris) the lifting of the state of emergency and the curfew. Since the start of the pandemic, the virus has killed 636 people in Polynesia, with a sharp peak in August and September. But the five Polynesian archipelagos no longer deplore any deaths linked to Covid-19 since October 26.
Gabriel Attal: “We have reason to be confident.” Despite an increase in “Almost 50%” of the number of contaminations last week, a France in “state of emergency” and “Absolute vigilance”, the government spokesperson wanted to be reassuring at the microphone of France Inter. “We have a less degraded situation than our neighbors”, he argued, thanks in particular to a high vaccination rate.
Few classes closed because of the Covid-19 but an increase to be expected. In an interview with Parisian, Jean-Michel Blanquer explained that 1 057 classes were closed today in France, that is to say as much as before the holidays of All Saints. Nevertheless, the Minister of Education acknowledged that this number would go “Necessarily increase as always in the periods following the holidays”.
No confinement is planned in France for the moment. Asked by France Inter this Monday morning, Gabriel Attal wanted to be reassuring, despite the sharp increase in cases in France in recent days: “There is absolutely no containment planned today, neither near nor far.” However, the government spokesperson insisted on the unpredictability of the pandemic since the appearance of Covid-19 in early 2020, forcing the state to “Never exclude anything on principle”.
Pfizer, BioNTech and Moderna are getting into their pockets. According to a study conducted by the People’s Vaccine Alliance, an association that campaigns for a better distribution of vaccines around the world, the three pharmaceutical companies will have made a profit of $ 34 billion this year – or more than a thousand dollars per minute. They have been able to achieve these nice profits by selling the vast majority of their doses to rich countries, at the expense of the less developed nations which remain very poorly vaccinated.
In Guadeloupe, clashes during demonstrations against the health pass. On the sidelines Monday of the first day of a general and unlimited strike against the vaccination obligation for caregivers and the health pass, two Guadeloupe firefighters were injured and two people arrested. Clashes had opposed striking firefighters and gendarmes. The police charged the soldiers with fire before being targeted by water hoses controlled by them.