UPDATE ON THE SITUATION – New measures, new reports and highlights: an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.
Vaccination open to any adult has started in France, Boris Johnson favors a G7 agreement on vaccine passports, South Africa is strengthening its restrictions in the face of the imminent threat of a third wave … Le Figaro takes stock this Monday, May 31, on the latest information related to Covid.
- Less than 3,000 intensive care patients in France
The number of hospitalized Covid-19 patients continued to decline on Monday. As of Monday evening, 2,945 coronavirus patients were being cared for in critical care services, against 2,993 on Sunday. This is the first time since the end of January that this figure has been so low, after remaining around 6,000 between mid-April and early May, at the height of the third wave.
In total, the hospitals had 16,596 patients suffering from Covid-19, including 529 admitted in the last 24 hours. 126 people have died in hospital since the day before, bringing the death toll to 83,116 since the start of the pandemic.
On the vaccination front, 25,763,596 people have received at least one injection (i.e. 38.5% of the total population) and 10,971,772 people have received two injections (i.e. 16.4% of the total population), since start of the vaccination campaign in France. 526,861 were vaccinated on Monday: 332,239 received their first dose and 194,622 their second.
- Vaccination for all starts in France
No more age or health criteria. From Monday, the entire major population of France is eligible for vaccination against Covid-19, a crucial step to avoid a rebound in the epidemic as the restrictions are gradually easing. The 18-49 year olds were officially the last category to be able to join the vaccination campaign without conditions, which has widened in stages since its start at the end of December.
As of June 15, “There is a good chance that we are beyond” of the government’s objective of 30 million first-time vaccines, estimated on the LCI channel Prof. Alain Fischer, the “mister vaccines” of the French government, qualifying this new expansion of the campaign as“Key step” to protect the population and “To find an increasingly normal life”. According to the Doctolib platform, this goal should even be reached on June 10, five days in advance.
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“Like Brigitte and I, like 25 million French people already, let’s get vaccinated! To protect us, to protect our loved ones ”, wrote the head of state on Twitter, after a first tweet indicating only: “vaccinated!”
Emmanuel Macron, 43, received the injection while the vaccination has been open since Monday to all adults regardless of their age, more than five months after his illness, in accordance with the recommendations of the health authorities to wait at least 3 months and with a single injection. The head of state did not specify which vaccine he had received. He had tested positive on December 17 and his wife seven days later.
- Gradual end of the half-gauge in college
The half-gauge established for the 4th and 3rd classes in the colleges of the 15 departments most affected by the epidemic is gradually lifted from this Monday. “Due to the improvement in the health situation, from next week, gradually, the 4th and 3rd of these departments will be able to return to the presence of the whole class”, declared Friday the Minister of National Education Jean-Michel Blanquer on Europe 1.
- OECD optimistic about growth forecasts
The OECD on Monday raised its global growth forecasts for 2021 (to 5.8%) and 2022 (to 4.4%), while warning of a relapse in the economy due to the persistence of “Headwinds”.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is particularly concerned about the vaccination against Covid-19, which is too slow in poor countries, and the nervousness of the financial markets.
Members of the World Health Organization (WHO), at the heart of the battle against Covid-19, adopted a resolution on strengthening the organization, after a week of debates. Main issue of the meeting, the reform of the agency and its ability to coordinate the response to global health crises and prevent future epidemics dominated the debates, while the WHO and the international community were unable to prevent the pandemic of Covid-19.
- Burkina Faso: first vaccine delivery
Burkina Faso received on Sunday evening some 115,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines against the Covid-19 financed by the Covax device, which will allow this poor West African country to start a first phase of vaccination on June 2 .
The country, which records 13,430 cases of coronavirus for 166 deaths, was one of the last in West Africa not to have launched its vaccination campaign against the pandemic.
- Argentina deprived of Copa America
Two weeks before the theoretical kickoff of the Copa America (June 13-July 10), Neymar, Lionel Messi and other South American football stars no longer know where it will take place, after Argentina’s withdrawal on Monday due to the Covid-19 pandemic. La Conmebol, the South American Football Confederation, claims to have alternatives, without giving further details.
- More than 3.54 million dead
The pandemic has killed at least 3,543,125 people worldwide since the WHO office in China reported the onset of the disease at the end of December 2019, according to a report established by AFP from official sources Monday at 10:00 a.m. GMT. After the United States (594,431 deaths), the countries with the highest number of deaths are Brazil (461,931), India (329,100), Mexico (223,507) and the United Kingdom (127,781).
These figures, which are based on daily reports from national health authorities, are generally underestimated. They exclude the upward revisions carried out a posteriori by certain statistical organizations. By taking into account the excess mortality directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19, the WHO estimates that the real toll is “Two to three times higher”.