UPDATE ON THE SITUATION – New measures, new reports and highlights: Le Figaro takes stock of the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.
SNCF promises checks “massive“On the health pass, two hundred million Europeans fully vaccinated, and China denounces”arroganceFrom WHO … Le Figaro takes stock this Thursday, July 22 on information related to the Covid-19 pandemic.
- More than 20,000 cases in 24 hours, 11 dead
The Covid-19 epidemic has returned to France. This Thursday, 21,909 new cases were detected, according to the latest report from the Ministry of Health, which also indicates that 6,832 patients are currently hospitalized. 292 of them have been in the last 24 hours. 868 patients are in critical care, including 59 who entered between Wednesday and Thursday.
Since the start of the vaccination campaign in France, 39,028,057 people have received at least one injection (i.e. 57.9% of the total population) and 32,280,960 people now have a complete vaccination schedule (i.e. 47.9% of the total population).
- Health pass: SNCF promises checks “massive “
SNCF will carry out checks “massiveOf the health pass as soon as it becomes compulsory in long-distance trains in early August, the operator said Thursday. “A ticket, a mask and a health pass: these are the three elements to take the train from the beginning of AugustSNCF Voyageurs CEO Christophe Fanichet said on RTL.
The system will be based on “massive checks, anywhere and anytime during the trip“, Underlined the SNCF in a press release: essentially at the quay when boarding, but also on board, or when getting off the train. Customers will be informed of these obligations by email and SMS when purchasing the ticket and prior to their trip. Dockside checks will be carried out “by SNCF agents from different professions and will be able to benefit from the support of the police, in particular during peak periods“, Specified the SNCF.
- More than half of adults fully vaccinated against Covid-19
Two hundred million Europeans are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, or more than half of the adult population, the European Commission announced on Thursday, which set a target of 70% of adults vaccinated this summer. “Until today there have been 200 million people who are fully vaccinated in the European Union“, Said a spokesperson for the Commission, Dana Spinant, during a press briefing, specifying that this corresponded to”54.7% of adults»Fully vaccinated.
- Spain: extended curfew in Barcelona and much of Catalonia
The curfew decreed in Barcelona and in much of the tourist region of Catalonia (northeast) between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. has been extended by a week in an attempt to curb the explosion of contagions, justice announced. Spanish. Put in place last Friday, this curfew, initially decreed for seven days, was extended until next Friday due to the worsening health situation, still out of control in the region, with an incidence rate more than 1,239 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over the last 14 days.
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- Dynamic “exponential ” in Germany
Angela Merkel said Thursday she was worried about the dynamics “exponential“New Covid-19 infections in Germany, in particular due to the progression of the Delta variant, urging the population to be vaccinated. “We have to assume that we will have a doubling in less than two weeks“The number of new infections, predicted the Chancellor.
- Impact “long-term »On mental health
The pandemic will have an impact “long-termOn the mental health of populations, warned the World Health Organization (WHO). “From anxiety linked to the transmission of the virus, to the psychological impact of confinements and self-isolation, to the consequences linked to unemployment, financial difficulties and social exclusion, (…), everyone world is affected in one way or another”, Estimated the organization. The pandemic will have a “long-term and far-reaching impact“.
- China denounces “arrogance From WHO
China has rejected WHO’s proposal to continue investigating the origin of the pandemic in the country. It’s a “disrespect for common sense and an arrogance towards scienceChinese Vice Minister of Health Zeng Yixin said. The head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, last week requested an audit of laboratories in regions where the first cases of coronavirus have been identified.
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- BCE: the Delta variant is a “growing source of uncertainty “For the economy
European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde warned on Thursday that the rapid increase in coronavirus cases fueled by the Delta variant of Covid-19 constitutes “a growing source of uncertaintyFor the economy of the euro zone. “The recovery of the euro area economy is on track», Declared Christine Lagarde during a press conference. “But the pandemic continues to cast a shadow, especially as the Delta variant is a growing source of uncertainty.“The rise in contamination, due to this variant, could slow down the recovery”in services, particularly in tourism and hotelsShe added.
- Distributors worried in the UK
The federation of British distributors has urged the government to relax the rules requiring contact cases of coronavirus patients to isolate themselves, which threaten the supply of supermarkets. As positive cases have skyrocketed for several weeks in the country, hundreds of thousands of contact cases have been forced into self-isolation. Supermarket chains, meat producers and transporters have reported a lack of manpower, and on the front page of the British press were displayed photos of empty shelves on Thursday.
- 3rd dose of vaccine for the Dominican president
Dominican President Luis Abinader received a third dose of the anti-Covid vaccine on Wednesday, calling on the population of the Caribbean country to follow his example. The 54-year-old president, who had received two injections of the Chinese Sinovac vaccine from Sinopharm, this time received a dose of the vaccine from Pfizer. The Dominican Republic launched a campaign for the third dose in early July, with less than 250,000 vaccinated so far.
- JO: 5th case among the Czechs
A fifth case of Covid-19 was detected in the Czech delegation to the Olympic Games in Tokyo, beach volleyball player Marketa Nausch Slukova who had to withdraw from the tournament. The Czech Olympic Committee has decided to investigate the possible contamination during the charter flight that took the athletes from Prague to Tokyo.
- More than 4.1 million dead
The pandemic has killed at least 4,128,543 people around the world since the end of December 2019, according to a report established by AFP. The United States is the most affected country with 609,862 deaths, followed by Brazil (545,604 deaths), India (418,987), Mexico (237,207) and Peru (195,429). The 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 which is officially established.
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