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Faced with the progression of variants, Guadeloupe will in turn adopt new restrictions with a curfew and closure of sports halls in effect from Sunday, March 7. Meanwhile, the vaccination continues. The United States estimates it can vaccinate all adults by the end of spring, and the Covax mechanism is ramping up to deliver doses to poor countries.
To not miss any of the latest highlights related to Covid-19, Le Figaro takes stock of the latest news from this Wednesday, March 3
- Towards new measures after the Defense Council
A new Health Defense Council is being held Wednesday morning at the Élysée. According to information from Figaro, the card that will be presented to the President of the Republic could be different from that of last week. Some departments would no longer be affected by the toughening of the measures that threatened them. Conversely, territories that were not considered particularly endangered could appear in the list of areas to be monitored. New consultations should then be held there, with a view to tightening by the weekend of March 13.
New measures are to be expected in the departments where the situation has not improved. “Various rumors are circulating at this stage, especially in Île-de-France. However, nothing is privileged for the moment, and even less decided. Arbitrations (…) will still be the subject of discussions on Wednesday“, Explains one in the entourage of Jean Castex.
- Guadeloupe: establishment of a curfew
Guadeloupe will introduce a curfew from Sunday in the face of the progression of the British variant of the coronavirus, which is particularly contagious, and the detection of another variant, its prefect, Alexandre Rochatte, announced on Tuesday March 2. The curfew will be implemented as of Sunday, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. The sports competitions will be held without an audience and the sports, health and fitness halls will be closed as of Monday, March 8.
- Vaccines: Johnson & Johnson and Merck agreement
US President Joe Biden announced on Tuesday an agreement between the pharmaceutical giants Merck and Johnson & Johnson to increase the production of the Covid-19 vaccine of the latter, whose factories will also now operate without interruption. The European Medicines Agency also announced Tuesday that it would meet on March 11 to decide whether it gives the green light to the deployment of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine within the European Union. This single-injection vaccine, already in use in South Africa and authorized in the United States, would be the fourth to be approved in the European Union.
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- Optimism and the lifting of restrictions in the United States
The United States will have enough Covid-19 vaccines for all adults in the country “By the end of May”, assured President Joe Biden on Tuesday, in a climate of optimism which prompted the State of Texas to announce the imminent lifting of the obligation to wear a mask and the total reopening of its businesses. The Republican governor of Texas on Tuesday announced the end of mandatory masks and the total reopening of businesses, believing that the second most populous state in the United States had “The means to protect” its coronavirus population.
- Australia remains closed
Australia will extend by at least three months the closure of its international borders, a self-isolation policy aimed at protecting it from Covid-19 already in force for a year, said a minister on Tuesday.
- Brazil: record of 1,641 dead
The Covid-19 epidemic has killed a record 1,641 people in the past 24 hours in Brazil, where contamination is experiencing a new phase of acceleration, health authorities announced on Tuesday. Brazil is the second most bereaved country in absolute numbers, behind the United States.
- Vaccines: the Covax mechanism accelerates
Nigeria, Kenya, Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in turn received their first doses of Covid-19 vaccines in Africa on Tuesday, funded by the Covax device created by the World Health Organization (WHO) in benefit of the poorest countries. A flight carrying 3.94 million doses of British AstraZeneca / Oxford vaccine has arrived in Abuja, the capital of Africa’s most populous country with 200 million people.
- Iraq and Nicaragua start vaccinating
Nicaragua on Tuesday launched its immunization campaign against Covid-19 with the Russian vaccine Sputnik V, the government announced. Iraq began vaccinating doctors on Tuesday after receiving 50,000 doses of vaccines from Chinese laboratory Sinopharm overnight.
- More than 2.5 million dead
The Covid-19 pandemic has killed at least 2.54 million people worldwide. The United States is the country with the most deaths (516,456), followed by Brazil (257,361) and Mexico (186,152). These figures, based on daily reports from health authorities, without including reassessments based on statistical bases, are grossly underestimated.