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Covid-19: the decline of the epidemic continues in France on the eve of the reopening of terraces and shops


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.

Terraces, cinemas, theaters, museums … Even with reduced gauges, the French are burning to find Wednesday, May 19 a little lightness and freedom, at a time when the epidemic is slowing down and the vaccination campaign reaches 20 million. first injections.

  • Covid-19: France is preparing for reopening

Another day before the return of the drinks on the terrace and the cinema sessions. After six months of restrictions and after a winter dominated by a deadly Covid, France is resuming part of its leisure this week, helped by the slowdown in the epidemic. From Wednesday, the curfew will be extended from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Cinemas closed since October 30 will be able to reopen with a gauge of 35% and a maximum of 800 spectators. Also reopening, with reduced gauges, for museums, theaters, zoos and even all businesses.

SEE ALSO – Reopening of the terraces: Bruno Le Maire believes that it will be “a very important moment”

The number of patients hospitalized in critical care continues to decline while the total of hospitalizations is at its lowest for six months with 4,186 patients, a figure which remained around 5,900 to 6,000 during the second half of April, peak of the third wave.

France will “soon“To reach a point where the mask will no longer be mandatory outdoors, said Minister of Health Olivier Véran.

  • Pfizer and Moderna should remain effective against the Indian variant

Moderna and Pfizer / BioNTech’s vaccines are expected to remain effective against the Indian variant of the coronavirus, according to preliminary work by American scientists and made public on Monday, May 17.

  • In Canada, the general in charge of vaccination replaced

General Krista Brodie will coordinate the vaccination campaign against Covid-19 in Canada, replacing General Dany Fortin, who was dismissed due to a military investigation targeting him, the public health agency announced on Monday.

  • Gaza’s only Covid lab on the sidelines after Israeli raid

The only Covid-19 laboratory in the Gaza Strip was no longer able to conduct screening tests on Monday after an Israeli strike on the clinic that housed it, local authorities said.

  • Unicef ​​and WHO call on G7 and EU to donate more vaccines

Unicef ​​and WHO on Monday called on G7 and EU countries to increase their donation of doses to the Covax international system for distributing anti-Covid-19 vaccines to underprivileged countries.

In June, the Covax system will miss approximately 190 million doses compared to the initially planned volumes. At the same time, US President Joe Biden was to announce Monday the sending by the end of June of 20 million additional doses to third countries.

  • Pubs and stadiums reopen in UK

The United Kingdom opened on Monday, May 17, indoor pubs and restaurants, hotels, museums, performance venues and stadiums.

Banned all winter, reunions in homes are again authorized (limited to six people or two homes maximum) as well as holidays abroad. Recent outbreaks of the Indian variant, in London and in the north-west of England, nevertheless darken this picture.

SEE ALSO- “The Indian variant could seriously disrupt” deconfinement in the United Kingdom, deplores Boris Johnson

  • Cluster at Argentinian club River Plate before the game against Santa Fe

Argentina football club River Plate has registered six new cases of Covid-19, in addition to the 15 already in existence, and may not have enough players to face Colombian team Independiente Santa Fe on Wednesday in the framework. of the Copa Libertadores.

  • In the grip of Covid, India hit by a cyclone

A violent cyclone hit India on Monday, hampering efforts to fight the devastating Covid-19 epidemic which kills more than 4,000 daily.

SEE ALSO – India: extensive damage and a dozen dead as a powerful cyclone approaches

  • Germany to open vaccination to all adults

Germany will open, from June 7, the anti-Covid vaccination to all adults. After a sluggish start, the vaccination campaign in Germany reached a sustained pace.

SEE ALSO – “We are very confident”: the president of Sanofi France announces positive phase 2 results for his vaccine candidate

  • Nearly 3.4 million dead

The pandemic has killed at least 3,381,042 people around the world since the end of December 2019, according to a report established by AFP from official sources on Monday at 10:00 GMT.

After the United States (586,330 deaths), the most affected countries are Brazil (436,537), India (274,390), Mexico (220,433), and the United Kingdom (127,679).

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