Covid-19: Merkel asks “forgiveness”, France once again promises to vaccinate faster


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.

More patients in hospital and in intensive care, more contamination … As the signs of runaway from the Covid-19 epidemic multiply, government spokesman Gabriel Attal announced on Wednesday that three additional departments could go under enhanced vigilance, hammering that there would be “two weeks of heavy weather ahead“. The President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, for his part promised, once again, to speed up the vaccination. As for the Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot, infected with Covid, she was hospitalized on Wednesday. Le Figaro takes stock of the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.

  • Braking measures soon to be extended to Rhône, Aube and Nièvre

The government intends to place three additional departments, Rhône, Aube and Nièvre, in the list of departments subject to reinforced braking measures, which had so far had 16, government spokesman Gabriel Attal announced on Wednesday. . The incidence rate in the Rhône, and in particular in Lyon, is approaching the 400 mark, to 383 per 100,000 inhabitants, and reaches 329 in the Nièvre and 445 in the Aube, according to Public Health France.

The spokesperson repeated that there would be “two weeks of heavy weather ahead” and “faced with the danger for the French as well as for our health system, we act by taking strong, demanding braking measures (…) and taking into account the disparities between the territories“.

  • Roselyne Bachelot in the hospital

Positive for Covid-19, the French Minister of Culture, aged 74, was hospitalized, but her “condition is stable and does not cause concern», According to his entourage. Roselyne Bachelot is the second member of the government sick with the coronavirus and hospitalized, after the Minister of Labor Elisabeth Borne, 59, admitted Monday to an establishment in the Paris region from which she left on Wednesday.

  • EU puts vaccine exports under close surveillance

The EU has decided to place under close surveillance the exports of anti-Covid vaccines produced on its soil, in order to prevent the leak to other countries, in particular the United Kingdom, of the doses necessary for Europeans facing the 3rd pandemic wave. A system in place by Brussels at the end of January already provided for, before any export of vaccines, the green light from the Member State from which the doses originate and from the Commission.

Some 300 authorizations have been issued since, to send 40 million doses to 33 countries – with a single refusal, for a delivery of AstraZeneca to Australia, from Italy. The European executive intends to toughen export conditions to countries which themselves produce anti-Covid vaccines without sending them back to the EU.

  • About 1.4 million people on the pharmacy waiting list

About 1.4 million people are on waiting lists in pharmacies to be vaccinated, mostly between 55 and 74 years old, with co-morbidities, according to the Union Syndicale des Pharmaciens de Pharmacy (Uspo), which is based on a survey.

  • Exceptional level of admissions to hospital or to “sheave »To the AP-HP

The director of Public Assistance-Hospitals of Paris, Martin Hirsch, warned on Wednesday that the AP-HP had “not known a number of entries“In conventional hospitalization or in intensive care”as high since the first wave», In a message addressed to the personnel of the AP-HP. “I know you support the reality behind these numbers and that it is particularly difficult and trying», He adds, recalling that«many express the fact that they find the situation more difficult to live with than last spring“. “The whole population is with you“, Still assures Martin Hirsch, even if”the climate is not the same“,”the signs are less visible“And”if sometimes expressions are unhappy“.

  • For Easter, Merkel reviews her disputed device and asks “sorry

Angela Merkel admitted having done “a mistake“By wanting to tighten up the anti-Covid health rules in Germany for the long Easter weekend and confirmed the abandonment of this project which had provoked criticism from all sides. “An error should be called an error and more importantly it should be corrected and if possible on time», Declared the Chancellor during a speech, after an emergency meeting with the leaders of the German region states.

I know that this proposal has caused further uncertainty, I deeply regret it and for that I ask forgiveness from all citizensShe added. This idea of ​​a lockdown for five days at Easter had been thought of with “the best intentions“, According to her, in order to”slow down and reverse the third wave of the pandemic“, but she “was not achievable in a short period of time“.

»SEE OUR VIDEO – Restrictions for Easter: Angela Merkel recognizes” a mistake “and asks” forgiveness “

  • Emmanuel Macron promises to vaccinate more

There are no weekends and holidays for vaccination” who is “the heart of the battle“, Insisted the head of state during a trip to the vaccination center of Valenciennes, while France expects an increase in supplies in April. The over 70s can be vaccinated from April: they should not enter the vaccination campaign so quickly, but the Ministry of Health explains that according to “field lifts“,”the time taken to make appointments (over 75s) has increased, enough to suggest that there may be a risk of losing doses, that the appointments will not be made“.

Beyond the widening of the target, the Health Insurance will also launch a campaign of telephone calls “to offer vaccination“To over 75 years who have not taken any steps or have become discouraged, also explains to the Ministry of Health, where it is emphasized that”almost halfOf this age group has already received a first injection.

France hopes to have received 27.9 million doses of vaccines at the end of April, against 34.8 million according to a forecast at the end of February. According to the latest report from the Ministry of Health, nearly 6.6 million people received a first dose, of which 2.5 million were vaccinated with two doses.

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  • Pfizer suspended in Macau and Hong Kong

Macao and Hong Kong have announced the suspension of their vaccination campaign with the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine after being informed by the laboratory of a problem with the packaging of a batch of vials. “As a precautionary principle, the current vaccination must be suspended for the duration of the investigation.», Declared the Hong Kong executive. The two territories ensured that the defective packaging of the lot did not present any risk in terms of food safety.

  • Doubts about the effectiveness of AstraZeneca

While the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine is crucial at a time when the third wave of the pandemic is accelerating in Europe, an American institute on Tuesday launched a new paving stone in the pond: the Swedish-British laboratory was able to use data “obsoleteDuring its clinical trials in the United States. According to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases and Allergies (NIAID), which oversees clinical trials of vaccines in the United States, this may “Have resulted in an incomplete estimate of the effectivenessOf the vaccine.

AstraZeneca, pressed by the institute of “make public as soon as possible»The data«the most precise, the most recent and the most efficient possible“, Indicated that it would provide recent data to the American regulator within 48 hours.

  • Record of infections in Poland

Poland has recorded 29,978 coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours – a record since the start of the pandemic, as the government plans to step up health measures.

Experts say the actual number of infections could be much higher given that Poland, with a population of 38 million, only tests people who already show symptoms of the disease.

  • In Brazil, more than 3,000 dead in 24 hours

Brazil crossed the threshold of 3,000 deaths from Covid-19 in 24 hours for the first time on Tuesday, according to figures from the Ministry of Health. The country of 212 million people recorded 3,251 deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total deaths to 298,676 for 12.1 million cases. Brazil is the second most bereaved country on the planet by the coronavirus pandemic in absolute numbers behind the United States.

  • Over 2.7 million dead

The pandemic has killed at least 2.73 million people worldwide since the end of December, according to an AFP report on Wednesday. The United States is the country with the most deaths with 543,849 deaths, ahead of Brazil (298,676), Mexico (199048), India (160,441) and the United Kingdom (126,284). Among the countries most affected, the Czech Republic is the one that deplores the highest number of deaths in relation to its population, followed by Belgium and Montenegro.

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