Covid-19: crematoriums submerged in India, a first shipment of medical aid has arrived


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.

As India, submerged by a wave of pandemic, continues its race against death with the support of international aid, signs of hope are pointing in Europe: Portugal lifts the state of emergency, a concert -test of 5000 people in Barcelona did not cause a cluster. In France, “50% of French people will have received a first doseVaccine by the end of June according to the CEO of Doctolib. Le Figaro takes stock this Wednesday, April 27 on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic in the world.

  • Coronavirus: crematoriums submerged in India

India, overwhelmed by the victims of an epidemic wave of unprecedented severity, continues to record new records on a daily basis. Surreal scenes take place in the streets, where bodies are burned in the parking lots, for lack of wood in the crematoriums. On Monday, the country reported a world record of 352,991 new infections, resulting in the first large-scale international aid since the start of the health crisis. The first shipment of British medical aid, 100 ventilators and 96 oxygen concentrators, arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday morning.

SEE ALSO – Covid-19: in New Delhi, a parking lot converted into a makeshift crematorium

  • The Indian variant detected in “at least 17 countries”

The so-called Indian variant of the coronavirus, B.1.617, suspected of having plunged India into a major health crisis, was detected in “at least 17 countries“, Announced Tuesday the World Health Organization. Several European countries had reported it on their soil (United Kingdom, Belgium, Switzerland, Greece, Italy).

  • In France, the hospital still under pressure, nearly 6,000 patients in intensive care

After crossing the threshold of 6,000 patients in critical care, a first for more than a year, the number of Covid-19 patients in intensive care fell on Tuesday, according to figures published by Public Health France. Critical care services (which bring together resuscitation, intensive care and continuous monitoring) numbered 5,943 people, including 484 new patients admitted in the last 24 hours.

  • One dose of Covid vaccine reduces transmission by almost 50%

A single dose of Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine can reduce the transmission of the coronavirus by up to almost half within the same household, where the risk of contagion is high, according to a study by the English public health agency (PHE ).

  • “50% of French people will have received a first dose” by the end of June, according to the CEO of Doctolib

Invited from Europe 1 this Wednesday, Stanislas Niox-Chateau, CEO of Doctolib, welcomed the progress of the vaccine campaign which “continues to accelerate“:”Today, 450,000 people are vaccinated per day, which is twice as many as at the beginning of March, four times as many as at the beginning of February.“, He rejoiced, affirming that”by June 29, 50% of French people will have received a first doseOf vaccine.

SEE ALSO – “By June 29, 50% of French people will be vaccinated with a first dose”, says the CEO of Doctolib

  • “No sign” of contagion after a test concert in Barcelona

The experience has something to give hope to the world of culture. There was, according to the organizers, “no signContagion two weeks after the test concert of 5,000 people on March 27 in Barcelona, ​​where a masked audience was able to dance, without distance.

  • No more masks for the vaccinated in the United States

In the United States, US President Joe Biden praised the “extraordinary progress»Achieved in recent months in the face of the pandemic. Now, vaccinated Americans no longer need to wear masks when they are outdoors, except in crowds.

SEE ALSO – Covid-19: in the United States, the vaccinated no longer need to wear a mask outdoors outside the crowds

  • End of the state of emergency in Portugal

In force since November to curb the pandemic, the state of emergency will end on Friday thanks to an improvement in the health situation, the head of state announced on Tuesday.

  • Bolshoi cancels international tours in 2021/2022

The Bolshoi Theater in Moscow on Tuesday announced its decision to cancel its international tour for the 2021/22 season in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, while maintaining numerous international productions with foreign artists.

  • High-risk parliamentary investigation for Bolsonaro

In Brazil, the management of the coronavirus crisis by the Bolsonaro government will be scrutinized in great detail by a commission of inquiry installed Tuesday in the Brazilian Senate, enough to threaten the re-election plans of the far-right president next year.

  • More than 3.1 million dead

The pandemic has killed at least 3,122,150 people around the world since December 2019, according to a report established by AFP from official sources. The United States has the highest death toll (573,349) followed by Brazil (395.02), Mexico (215,113), India (197,894) and the United Kingdom (127,434).

These figures are globally underestimated. They are based on daily reports from national health authorities, without including reassessments based on statistical bases.

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