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.
While the pandemic has killed nearly 4 million people worldwide, including 111,000 in France, the spread of the virus finally seems to have marked a real decline in recent weeks in France. An improvement that has prompted the government to lift health restrictions, which have been in place for more than a year, while calling on the French to remain vigilant. Faced with the development of new, more contagious variants, like the Indian mutation, known as delta, the health authorities want to continue to accelerate the vaccination campaign.
- France recommends vaccinating a neighborhood as soon as a variant appears
In addition to the triptych now known to all, “Test – Alert – Protect», The Haute Autorité de Santé recommends a new strategy to reinforce the control of the spread of variants: reactive vaccination. The latter consists of “vaccinate the entire entourage of contact cases”Having frequented the patient with a worrying variant or said to be of interest to Covid-19. For this campaign to be effective, it must be carried out “very quickly“, Specifies the HAS,”from the first case of variant detected“.
The operation can be carried out “in a targeted territory“,”after an investigation by the Regional Health Agency (ARS) and the regional unit of Public Health France“. All local actors, “mobile team“,”ephemeral vaccination centers“, but also “all health professionals in town and in occupational medicineCan be mobilized in order to reach as many inhabitants as possible as quickly as possible.
The health authorities are calling for lessons to be learned from the interventions carried out in Brest, Strasbourg or even in Bordeaux, after the appearance of a local variant resulting from a mutation from the British variant.
- A platform to put the results of the self-tests
Unlike PCR or antigenic tests, the results of which are recorded by the pharmacy or the laboratory and then sent to Social Security, the self-tests escaped this tracing control. To fill this gap, the government set up this Monday the platform www.monautotest.gouv.fr where each person is invited to enter the result of the test that they have carried out themselves.
After creating an account, you must enter your name, first name, age, sex then the place, day, time and conditions under which the test was carried out. The data will then be sent to the health authorities to better follow the evolution of the epidemic. A tracing which remains very complex with the self-tests, had warned the HAS in its opinion of March 15. She then recalled the need to couple it with a PCR test or an antigen which are automatically recorded and counted by the Health Insurance.
- Italy ends mandatory outdoor masks on June 28
Italy, one of the European countries most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, will end the obligation to wear a mask outside from Monday, June 28. While some regions, classified in orange, are still under health restrictions, all Italian regions should be classified as a white zone, by June 28, according to experts’ forecasts. This announcement came after a favorable opinion in the evening of “Technical-scientific committee(CTS), which advises the government on the pandemic.
The committee ruled that the mask was no longer required in the white zone, but that it should always be within reach in the event of a risk associated with a gathering.
- France and Spain reopen their nightclubs
Concerts with standing audiences will again be authorized in France from June 30, while nightclubs will be able to reopen “starting July 9“. These party venues will only be reopened upon presentation of a health pass (proof of vaccination or recent negative test), with reception capacities reduced to 75% for indoor events.
France is not the first to allow revelers to swing their hips to techno music. As of last Monday, in part of Spain, especially in Madrid and Barcelona, the two main cities of the country, nightclubs were able to reopen their doors but with restrictions on attendance and schedules.
- South Africa wants to produce its vaccines
South Africa has taken the first step to endow the continent with anti-Covid vaccine production capacity. It is about setting up a “technology transfer center”For anti-Covid messenger RNA vaccines, which have proved to be extremely effective like the sera from Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna and which also seem more easily adaptable to new variants, than other vaccines of different technology.
The project is led by a South African consortium made up of biotechnology companies Biovac and Afrigen Biologics and Vaccines, a network of universities and African Centers for Disease Control.
- Turkey to lift curfew on July 1
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Monday, June 21 the lifting on July 1 of the night curfew and that applied on Sunday, his country recording a drop in the number of Covid-19 cases and accelerating the vaccination campaign .
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, however, specified that concert halls and other places where music is played should close before midnight because, according to him, “no one has the right to disturb others“.
- Colombia crosses 100,000 dead threshold
Colombia surpassed the 100,000 deaths linked to the epidemic on Monday, June 21, and recorded a new death record in 24 hours, with more than 600 dead.
After three weeks of demonstrations bringing together thousands of people in the streets against the government of conservative President Ivan Duque, this country of 50 million people is going through the worst moment of this epidemic.
- The vaccine developed by Cuba effective at 92.28%
The candidate-vaccine Abdala developed by Cuba against the coronavirus, the first created in Latin America, displays an effectiveness of 92.28% against the disease, announced the laboratory which developed it.
In the final phase of clinical trials, it must receive official authorization from the Cuban authorities in late June or early July. Its forthcoming approval will make them the first anti-coronavirus vaccines developed and produced in Latin America, even though researchers have repeatedly denounced the difficulties encountered due to the US embargo in effect since 1962 and reinforced under the Trump administration. .