The situation in France
More than 18,000 new cases of Covid-19 contamination have been confirmed in the past 24 hours and “the evolution of the epidemic is worrying” in France, said the Director General of Health, Jérôme Salomon on Thursday. Precisely 18,254 people more tested positive, down from 17,615 on Wednesday. The test positivity rate is down very slightly to 6.1% (6.2% the day before). The pressure on the resuscitation services continues to ease slightly, since they welcomed 2,808 patients with Covid-19 on Wednesday, against 2,840 the day before. Admissions were “over 150” in the past 24 hours, up from 220 the day before.
The name of patients in intensive care, useful for assessing the pressure on hospital services, was dropped below the 3,000 mark last Thursday for the first time since the end of October. The total number of people hospitalized amounted to 25,182 (including 1,362 new admissions), a figure down slightly compared to Tuesday (25,282). The total number of deaths since the start of the epidemic last March stands at 59.619 Salomon said, 258 more than Wednesday’s figure. “After a decrease then a plateau, an increasing trend (in contamination) has been observed for a few days”, continued the number 2 of the ministry, and this increase calls for greater vigilance in order to avoid an epidemic outbreak ” He warned that winter was “a high risk season” for the spread of the virus and that with the end of confinement and the end of year celebrations “the effects of displacement, of the mixing of populations” were also at risk. to be felt.
Emmanuel Macron positif
French President Emmanuel Macron tested positive Thursday for Covid-19 and will self-isolate for seven days, like his Prime Minister Jean Castex, tested negative, and the President of the National Assembly Richard Ferrand, “contact cases” of the president . Also in contact cases, the head of the Spanish government Pedro Sanchez, the Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa, the Belgian Prime Minister Alexander Croo and the President of the European Council Charles Michel have also placed themselves in solitary confinement.
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European Union: vaccinations from December 27
The anti-Covid vaccination will begin in the European Union from December 27, announced the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) will look on December 21 – a week earlier than expected – on the fate of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. It also brought forward by one week, to January 6, the examination and possible authorization of the Moderna vaccine. The Commission has already signed six vaccine pre-order contracts.
Record cases in Germany, pub closures in London
Germany, engaged in partial containment since Wednesday and until January 10, has recorded in the last 24 hours a record of infections, exceeding 30,000 cases.
For the third time since the start of the pandemic, London pubs, restaurants and hotels are forced to close. The eastern and south-eastern parts of England will be subject to further restrictions on Saturday.
The balance sheet in the world
The pandemic has killed at least 1,652,977 people around the world, according to a report established by AFP from official sources on Thursday.
L’Europe is the first region in the world to register more than half a million dead.
The United States recorded a very heavy death toll of 3,784 and 250,458 cases of Covid-19 in a single day, a double record since the start of the pandemic, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.
The United States is the most affected country in terms of both deaths and cases, with 307,770 deaths for more than 16.98 million recorded cases. Follow the Brazil with 183,735 dead, India (144,451), Mexico (115.769) and Italy (66.537).
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