Covid-19: restrictions lifted in several European countries

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

United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Belgium … Many European countries are easing health restrictions in the face of the coronavirus epidemic. Europe has also not renewed its vaccine order with AstraZeneca.

  • Opening of vaccination for over 50s in France

All French people aged 50 and over can now be vaccinated unconditionally, five days earlier than originally planned. From Wednesday, injections will also be accessible to people over 18 when a time slot will be available the day before for the next day on appointment booking platforms such as Doctolib, so as not to waste any dose.

SEE ALSO – Jean Castex urges people over 55 to get vaccinated “in particular with AstraZeneca”

  • The way out of the crisis examined in the Assembly

Loosen the corset of the state of health emergency without lowering our guard against the Covid. The deputies examine Monday the plan to end the crisis providing for the gradual lifting of restrictions, but new measures such as the “health pass” are cringe. Last step before the end of the tunnel? The text sets to music the measures and the deconfinement schedule announced by the Head of State at the end of April, but it “Is not a tipping point”, warns the Minister of Health Olivier VĂ©ran.

  • Lifting restrictions in sight in UK

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will confirm on Monday the easing of restrictions linked to the pandemic caused by the coronavirus, based on the improvement in the health situation, his services announced on Sunday. The conservative leader will make public the third stage of his deconfinement roadmap. This new step will take effect on May 17, when certain restrictions on foreign travel are also eased.

  • Easing in Spain

A wind of freedom rose on Sunday with the end of the state of health emergency in Spain, where residents were finally able to leave their region or gather in the street in the evening. In several cities of the country, shouts, applause and music marked, at midnight the end of this exceptional regime imposed since October and the lifting in most regions of the curfew. Images of gatherings without social distancing that sparked controversy.

  • Germany: new life for the vaccinated

The more than 7 million people vaccinated in Germany will benefit from the relaxation of strict health rules as of Sunday, with for example the possibility of going to the hairdresser without providing a negative test or of meeting together. These new measures, which come into force after express adoption by parliament, also affect people considered cured after being infected with the virus.

  • AstraZeneca: the EU has not renewed its order

The European Union has not yet renewed its contract for the supply of vaccines against Covid-19 with AstraZeneca for after the month of June, said European Commissioner Thierry Breton on Sunday, the day after the announcement of the signing of a new EU contract with Pfizer.

SEE ALSO – New EU contract with Pfizer / BioNtech for “1.8 billion doses of vaccines”, announces Ursula von der Leyen

  • Festivals this summer in Belgium?

Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo considers “possible” to organize again “Some big festivals” in “the second half of summer”, like the electronic music venue Tomorrowland, said his cabinet.

  • United States: Undervalued Mortality Without “Doubt”

The Covid-19, which has officially killed 581,000 since early 2020 in the United States, has “no doubt” killed many more people in the most bereaved country in the world by the pandemic, said White House medical adviser Anthony Fauci on Sunday.

  • Tunisia: confinement for the end of Ramadan

A new week-long lockdown, encompassing the Muslim holiday celebrating the end of Ramadan, began in Tunisia on Sunday, as hospitals struggle to deal with the increase in coronavirus cases.

A Vietnamese woman died Sunday in Laos from Covid-19, the first death from the disease recorded in this poor and landlocked communist country, official media announced.

  • Nearly 3.3 million dead

The pandemic of the new coronavirus has killed at least 3,284,783 people around the world since the end of December 2019, according to a report established by AFP from official sources. After the United States (581,751 deaths), the countries most affected are Brazil (422,340 deaths), India (242,362 deaths), Mexico (218,928 deaths) and the United Kingdom (127,603 deaths).

SEE ALSO – The Indian variant “is likely to be a variant of concern”, warns WHO


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