UPDATE ON THE SITUATION – New measures, new reports and highlights: Le Figaro takes stock of the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic.
Vaccination of children in Cuba, anti-vaccine demonstration in London, reassuring study on the impact of the Delta variant on young people … Le Figaro takes stock this Saturday, September 4 on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic.
44.9 million French people fully vaccinated
44.877 million French people are fully vaccinated according to the latest data from the Ministry of Health, it is almost 100,000 more than the day before. 48,758 received at least one dose of vaccine in parallel.
Since the start of the pandemic, 114,773 deaths from Covid-19 have been recorded, including 95 in the last 24 hours. Over the last seven days, 4,358 new hospitalizations were recorded, including 761 intensive care admissions.
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In Guadeloupe, a collective wants the “deportation“From the prefect
The prefecture of Pointe-à-Pitre denounced Friday the appeal of a local collective to “deportation”By the Prefect of Guadeloupe, Alexandre Rochatte, whom he accuses of poor management of the health crisis. “By referring, voluntarily and in full consciousness, to the darkest hours of our history, the members of this association affirmed their desire to reject any prospect of peaceful exchanges.», Indignant the prefecture in a press release published Friday.
The prefecture, which canceled a meeting scheduled for Friday with this association, specifies having reported to the prosecution these “particularly offensive and inappropriate statements», Which also target the director of the Regional Health Agency (ARS), Valérie Denux, and the rector of the academy, Christine Gangloff Ziegler. This meeting was announced following the irruption of members of this association, Moun Gwadloup, in a secure area of Pointe-à-Pitre airport on Tuesday. The Moun Gwadloup collective, very present on social networks, denounces the management of the health crisis by the authorities.
These remarks on the deportation of the prefect “were allegedly uttered during the negotiations following this illegal occupation»From the airport, according to the prefecture.
Back to school postponed in the West Indies
Faced with a health situation still “serious”Because of Covid-19, the government has decided to postpone the start of the school year in the West Indies to September 13.
Guadeloupe is particularly struck by the Covid with an incidence rate of 1,822 cases per 100,000 inhabitants observed on August 20.
SEE AS WELL – Covid-19: the start of the school year postponed to September 13 in Guadeloupe, Saint-Martin, Martinique, Saint Barthélémy and Guyana
No more severe cases in young people because of the Delta variant
The Delta variant does not cause more severe cases of Covid-19 in children and adolescents compared to other variants, according to first data released Friday by US health authorities.
The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), the country’s leading federal public health agency, studied data from patients hospitalized for Covid-19 across 99 counties in 14 states, covering around 10% of the population American.
Concerns about the consequences of the Delta variant in the youngest have been rising for several weeks in the United States, in the face of a growing number of hospitalized children.
Vaccination of under 18s in Cuba
Cuba launched a national coronavirus vaccination campaign on Friday for children and adolescents aged two to 18, a condition set by the Communist government before reopening schools. If other countries like China and Venezuela have announced their intention to also vaccinate children, Cuba, faced with an increase in cases which is rocking its health system, is the first to do so.
Schools across the country have been closed since March 2020 and only reopened briefly, for a few weeks, at the end of the year, before closing again in January. Schoolchildren and students must since follow the lessons via television, and will have to do it again from Monday, the day of the return to Cuba. The Cuban government has in fact decided that schools will not reopen before having vaccinated all the country’s children: once the campaign is over, it plans to reopen the establishments in a phased manner, in October and November.
In the UK, vaccines not recommended for 12-15 year olds
Contrary to many Western countries and despite concerns about back to school, the committee overseeing anti-Covid vaccination in the UK has announced that it will not extend it to healthy children aged 12 to 15.
After the publication of this recommendation, Health Minister Sajid Javid said he would seek advice from the medical authorities of the four constituent nations of the United Kingdom “before making a quick decision“.
Anti-vaccine protesters in London
Police officers were injured on Friday in clashes with anti-vaccine protesters in London as the government must decide whether to extend Covid-19 vaccination to 12-15 year olds.
First death in six months in New Zealand
New Zealand recorded its first Covid-19 death in six months on Friday, although health officials said on Saturday they had brought the latest wave linked to the Delta variant under control. A 90-year-old woman, who had comorbidities and could not be ventilated or receive intensive care, died in a hospital in Auckland (north) overnight from Friday to Saturday. She is the 27th person to die from Covid in New Zealand and the first since February 16 this year.
New Zealand has been grappling with the Covid-19 epidemic since the first locally transmitted case in six months, detected in mid-August, leading to the confinement of the country of five million people. Since then, 782 cases have been recorded, mostly in Auckland, the country’s main city with a population of around 1.7 million, which remains at containment level 4, the maximum, while the rest of the country has been brought back to level 3.
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United States: slowdown in job creation
The pace of job creation in the United States slowed sharply in August, due to the Delta variant weighing on the economic recovery, when the unemployment rate continued to decline, the labor department said.
Thus, only 235,000 jobs were created, three times less than the 750,000 expected and after more than a million jobs created in July. The unemployment rate stood at 5.2%, down 0.2 points from July.
4.5 million deaths worldwide
The Covid-19 pandemic has killed at least 4,539,397 people around the world since the end of December 2019, according to a report established by AFP on Friday in the middle of the day from official sources.
The United States is the most affected country in the world with 645,159 deaths, ahead of Brazil (582,670), India (439,895), Mexico (261,496) and Peru (198,364).
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 calculated from official figures.