COVID. The new variant of the coronavirus, Omicron, worries as far as France where the authorities have already taken measures. This new South African variant is approaching the borders as the number of Covid-19 cases continues to grow every day in the country …
The reaction was not long in coming. While earlier in the afternoon, authorities announced that they had detected two cases of the Omicron variant, they placed four African countries on their red list, namely Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Angola. Four countries joining the six already under restrictions: South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Botswana. People returning from these territories will be barred from entering the UK if they are not UK residents.
The UK government has announced that two cases of the Omicron variant have been detected in the UK. The two affected people live in Chelmsford and Nottingham. Both are said to have recently traveled to South Africa. They have been placed in solitary confinement, their relatives are tested to see if they too have been infected.
In a statement posted on his Twitter account this Saturday afternoon, the prefect of Val-de-Marne indicated that he had decided to strengthen the vaccination capacities of the department. Thus, by the beginning of December, it intends to increase these capacities to 65,000 weekly doses.
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– Prefect of Val-de-Marne (@ Prefet94) November 27, 2021
This Friday, November 26, France, as well as other European countries, decided to close their air borders with South Africa. This Saturday, the South African authorities regretted this decision, in a statement: “This latest round of travel bans amounts to punishing South Africa for its advanced genomic sequencing and its ability to detect new variants more quickly. Scientific excellence must be applauded, not punished. “
The Czech Republic announced this Saturday to closely monitor a positive case. This is a woman who returned from Namibia who tested positive. Authorities suspect a case of the Omicron variant, the passenger having stopped over in South Africa and Dubai to return to the Czech Republic. The results of the sequencing will be known tomorrow.
This Saturday morning, concern is mounting in the Netherlands. 61 passengers from two flights from South Africa have tested positive for the coronavirus. The Dutch health authority (GGD) is now analyzing the results to search for the new Omicron variant. GGD clarified that these 61 people who tested positive were placed in quarantine in a hotel near Amsterdam Airport Schipol. The other 531 passengers tested negative.
Passengers of two flights from South Africa are currently being transferred to a secure location at Schiphol. Everything is done carefully and that’s why it took some time. Passengers are provided with food and drinks. They will be tested on the coronavirus.
— Schiphol (@Schiphol) November 26, 2021
Jean-Louis Teboul, head of the intensive care unit at Bicêtre hospital in Paris, wanted to be reassuring this Saturday morning, on LCI. Faced with growing concerns about the new Omicron variant, he said “do not panic”. If he does not know if closing the borders will limit the spread, he believes, on the other hand, that “the measures which were taken the day before yesterday, normally, must also work on this variant, even if it arrives in France” . In addition, Jean-Louis Teboul insisted on the importance of booster doses: “This booster dose will protect us.”
This Saturday, November 27, Olivier Véran announced on his Twitter account that three million appointments for booster doses have been reserved since Thursday. The Minister of Solidarity and Health also recalled that “this Saturday, vaccination is open to everyone from 18 years old”.
This Saturday, the booster vaccination opens to everyone from 18 years old.
19 million of us are already eligible and will be able to be vaccinated at their pharmacist, doctor or center.
3 million appointments have been taken since Thursday.
Let’s not let our guard down!
– Olivier Véran (@olivierveran) November 27, 2021
12:11 – Doctolib announces more than a million appointments made this Friday for a booster dose
LCI reports that 1,169,392 appointments for a booster dose have been booked on Doctolib this Friday, November 26. The platform had already recorded no less than 1.2 million reservations on Thursday.
The regional authorities announced this Saturday, November 27 that a first case of the Omicron variant has been detected in Germany, in the state of Hesse. It is about a person recently returned from South Africa according to the first information communicated by the local authorities.
In recent days, the variant called Omicron has been detected in South Africa, and several cases have been reported around the world and in particular in Belgium. This Saturday, it was in Amsterdam, the Netherlands that 61 passengers from South Africa tested positive for the new variant of Covid-19. All were placed in quarantine in a hotel near the airport.
Faced with the new epidemic wave, the Pasteur Institute wished to warn about the places where the circulation of the virus was more important, the results of which were published in a study, Friday, November 26. Experts explain to us in particular that the risk of contracting Covid-19 increased by 340% during a private party or during a nightclub trip, against 20% in the metro and 30% in the TGV.
The Air France company reacted to the Agence France Presse (AFP) after Morocco’s decision to suspend flights to and from France. Thus, as reported by LCI, Air France has decided to maintain and strengthen “if necessary” all of its flights by Sunday evening and the closing of the air borders between the two countries. The company clarified: “In order to facilitate the return of its customers, Air France is maintaining its program of flights to and from Morocco on November 26, 27 and 28, 2021 and will strengthen it if necessary.”
Faced with the arrival of the variant detected in South Africa, the Moderna and Pfizer laboratories have announced the possibility of producing, in a few weeks, a new vaccine specific to the new mutation. In a statement, Moderna stressed “its ability to get new candidates into clinical trials in 60-90 days.”
Friday, November 26, the European Union Health Agency wished to alert on the risks of the Omicron variant, which appeared in South Africa. In this country, around sixty cases have already been detected in Johannesburg. Then he was seen in Botswana, Hong Kong, Israel, and closer to us, in Belgium.
According to the latest data from Public Health France, communicated Friday, November 26, 34,436 additional cases were recorded, 972 more than yesterday and 13,216 additional cases compared to last week. In the past 24 hours, 60 people have died from Covid-19 in hospital, 12 less than yesterday and three more than last Friday. In hospitals, the situation continues to worsen. In 24 hours, 744 new patients were admitted, 34 fewer than yesterday, and 181 more than last Friday. Here is the detailed report:
According to latest epidemiological update from Public Health France (SPF), published Thursday, November 25, “the circulation of SARS-CoV-2 has greatly accelerated throughout the metropolitan area and the increase in new hospitalizations and critical care admissions s ‘is accentuated “. On average, 18,520 cases were diagnosed each day and the incidence rate exceeded 150 positive cases per 100,000 inhabitants in all regions, except Brittany (141) and Normandy (120).
Follow the evolution of the coronavirus in your town using the map below. Click on a department to display the list of municipalities. Also find all the details on this mapping and the full point by city and by department in our article on the Covid map in France.
Since mid-October 2020, Public Health France has been communicating incidence data (number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants) at the municipal level. The figures are at this stage communicated according to a scale (10, 20, 50, 150, 250, 500, 1000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants). The data are expressed on a rolling week, which means that they are calculated on a day D from the tests carried out between 3 and 9 days previously. To access information relating to the coronavirus in your town, enter its name into the search engine or click on its department in the map below.
As a reminder, the incidence rate corresponds to the number of new cases of Covid-19 over a period of one week, compared to the total population of a territory (country, region, department or municipality). This indicator is generally expressed in number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The screening rate gives the number of people who have tested for the coronavirus out of the total number of inhabitants, during the period. It is also expressed most often on 100,000 inhabitants. Finally, the test positivity rate gives the percentage of positive tests for the coronavirus, compared to the total number of tests carried out over the period.