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, in France, nursery and primary school students are back on Monday April 26 with a new strict protocol, on the other side of the planet, India continues to be beset by the epidemic wave. Several countries, including France, have promised New Delhi aid with equipment and vaccines. Le Figaro takes stock of the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.
- Record of new cases in India
India on Sunday recorded nearly 350,000 new coronavirus infections over 24 hours, a world record. In the face of the tsunami, the United States, United Kingdom, France and other countries announced on Sunday that they would send aid to India, including oxygen, respirators and components for the vaccine production. For their part, the local authorities have decided to extend the confinement for a week in the capital New Delhi.
- In France, reopening of primary and nursery schools
Schools reopen Monday in France for a start that promises to be complex, between the ramp-up of tests desired by the government and the maintenance of a strict health protocol which risks causing multiple closings of classes.
The government has decided to maintain its schedule: return to school this Monday for schoolchildren, while middle school and high school students start again until May 3, when they can return to their establishments, often in half-gauge.
- Still nearly 6,000 patients in shifts in France
According to figures published by Public Health France, the number of Covid-19 patients in intensive care was up slightly on Sunday, still at just under 6,000. A figure below the peak of the first wave in April 2020 (around 7,000 ) but higher than that of the second wave in the fall (4900). In 24 hours, 218 patients were admitted to these services which treat the most serious cases, against 348 patients the day before.
Regarding deaths, 145 people have died from Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, against 220 the day before, for a total of 102,887 since the start of the epidemic (including 76,676 in hospital). In terms of vaccination, 14,096,492 people received at least one injection of vaccine and 5,539,585 people received both doses, according to the Directorate General of Health (DGS).
- Telework: Borne is consulting unions and employers on Monday to “change the rules”
The social partners are expected this Monday for a meeting with the Ministry of Labor on telework. The objective: “Changing the rules from mid-May”, Indicated Friday the Minister of Labor, Élisabeth Borne.
According to Europe 1, the ministry would consider reducing the place of teleworking in the week of employees. From four to five days of compulsory telework per week, they would gradually increase to three or two days.
Bars, restaurants, cinemas and theaters are partially reopening in Italy, where head of government Mario Draghi is due to present his European Union-funded recovery plan to Parliament.
The peninsula thus hopes to regain a semblance of normality after months of alternation between drastic closures and timid openings.
A large majority of the twenty regions are now classified in yellow, the lowest level of risk in the face of the pandemic. Bars and restaurants are allowed to serve on the terrace, and also in the evening, for the first time in six months, although the curfew starting at 10 p.m. is still in effect.
- Iraq: more than 80 dead in the fire of a hospital in Baghdad
More than 80 people perished on Sunday, torn from their respirators, suffocated by smoke or charred in the fire of a hospital dedicated to Covid-19 in Baghdad, a tragedy born of negligence which earned the Minister of Health a suspension .
- Ottawa wants to reassure on the safety of vaccines coming from an American factory
The Canadian Department of Health said in a statement Sunday that vaccines imported from a plant in the United States, where “worrying facts“, Were”safe and high quality“.
- Former Peruvian President Vizcarra positive for coronavirus despite vaccination
The former Peruvian president tested positive six months after receiving an early vaccination at Chinese Sinopharm, which sparked a political scandal.
- Tennis: Andreescu positive for Covid-19 and package for Madrid
Romanian-Canadian Bianca Andreescu, world No. 6, has tested positive for Covid-19 and will miss the Masters 1000 in Madrid next week, she announced on Twitter on Sunday.
“After two negative tests before my flight to Madrid, I unfortunately tested positive for Covid-19 on my arrival and therefore I will not be able to compete in the Madrid Open next week», Writes the Ontario player assuring that she nevertheless felt well and rested.
- Fiji’s capital confined after outbreak of Covid-19 cases
A fourteen-day lockdown of the capital of Fiji, Suva, came into force on Monday in an attempt to curb the appearance of Covid-19 cases following a burial which resulted in an epidemic focus. The nearly 100,000 residents of this city and its suburbs are required to stay at home and non-essential businesses are closed after the discovery of the first local cases of coronavirus in 12 months.
Fiji has largely escaped the pandemic thanks to strict measures, including border checks and quarantine, recording less than a hundred cases and only two deaths out of 930,000 inhabitants. But a soldier contracted the virus during his quarantine and then allegedly transmitted it to his domestic worker, who attended a funeral in which nearly 500 people took part.
- Over three million dead
The Covid-19 pandemic has killed at least 3,100,659 people around the world, according to a report established by AFP. The United States is the country with the highest death toll with 572,194 deaths, followed by Brazil (390,797), Mexico (214,853), India (192,311) and the United Kingdom (127,417).
Among the hardest hit countries, Hungary is the one with the highest death toll relative to its population, followed by the Czech Republic.
These figures are globally underestimated. They are based on daily reports from national health authorities, without including reassessments based on statistical bases.