>> Follow the events of this Tuesday, December 15
8:15 am. Jean Castex is interviewed on Europe 1.
8 hours. Over 22,000 new cases in India. In the last 24 hours, 354 deaths have been recorded in the country. In total, India has 143,709 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
7.45 a.m. Game sales society have the wind in their sails. The board games sector has been able to capitalize on the health crisis of 2020 and take advantage of the various lockdowns. “Year-to-date, sales of board games increased by + 10% in value on December 6 in a toy market in France that fell by 2%” according to the spokesperson JouéClub. Especially since we cannot yet measure the full impact of December, when nearly 50% of annual board game sales are usually made. In 2020, national sales of board games could thus approach 360 million euros, against 328 million a year earlier.
7:30 am. Brazil questions the Chinese vaccine. The Brazilian health authorities are questioning the lack of “transparency” around the Chinese vaccine. “The Chinese criteria applied to validate the authorization for emergency use in the country are not transparent” and warns against “the influence of geopolitical criteria” in the promotion of vaccines.
7.20 am. Unicef asks that teachers be vaccinated as a priority. According to the director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef), Henrietta Fore, “the Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the education of children around the world. Vaccinating teachers is a crucial step to get it back on track. ”
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A tour of the news to start the day
7:15 am. Reopening of the music conservatories. All the conservatories and places of artistic education can once again welcome their students for the resumption of activities in accordance with the applicable health protocols, according to the Ministry of Culture.
7:10. Towards a corporate bankruptcy time bomb in 2021. The Economic Analysis Council (CAE) anticipates an increase in insolvencies between 2% and 25% in retail companies hit hard by the crisis in 2021. Since the spring, thousands of companies have been facing a spectacular drop in their turnover. Accommodation and catering appear in the front line but also in retail. In 2020, the number of business failures decreased considerably compared to 2019. If the suspension of the activity of the commercial courts in the spring could partly explain this fall in trompe l’oeil, the resumption of proceedings in the This summer has not resulted in sharp increases in proceedings. Certain technical measures have enabled companies not to put themselves in a situation of bankruptcy on the legal level.
7 hours. Chinese industrial production rose 7% in November. For the eighth month in a row, the Chinese economy has experienced an impressive recovery, after being crippled by the COVID-19 epidemic at the start of the year, mainly on the strength of exports. Chinese consumers took advantage of promotions offered by e-commerce giants in November, which boosted orders to small factories. Chinese retail sales rose 5% in November compared to October. In addition, investments in fixed assets increased by 2.6% in the first eleven months of the year compared to the same period in 2019.
6:35 am. Amazon Sanitary Practices Survey in California. California has just seized a court to force Amazon to cooperate in the investigation opened in this state into the health practices of the e-commerce giant and the measures implemented to protect its employees from the Covid-19 pandemic. “Amazon has made billions of dollars during this pandemic,” said California Attorney Xavier Becerra. “It is crucial to know whether these employees benefit in their work from the protections granted to them by the law”, he added. The services of Mr. Becerra opened last August an investigation into health measures as well as the number and location of Covid-19 cases identified in the various Californian sites of the company. But the prosecutor says they did not receive a satisfactory response to the subpoenas, so he took a judge in Sacramento to force the firm of billionaire Jeff Bezos to comply.
6.30am. 500 more deaths in Germany. The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus contamination in Germany climbed to 1,351,510, or 14,432 more cases than the day before. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for Infectious Diseases, the total deaths since the start of the epidemic stand at 22,475 in the country.
6:20 am. Canada launches its vaccination campaign. Less than a week after the approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine by Canadian authorities, the vaccination campaign began in the country. According to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the launch of this mobilization is the largest that Canada has seen since the Second World War. Canada, the third country to have approved the Pfizer vaccine after the United Kingdom and Bahrain, is due to receive up to 249,000 doses by the end of the month. Authorities expect to receive six million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines undergoing approval in the first quarter of 2021, allowing three million people to be vaccinated in two doses.
6:15 am. 300,000 dead in the United States. When the vaccination campaign has just started in the country, the United States has crossed the threshold of 300,000 deaths due to the coronavirus. For the second time, the death toll in a single day has exceeded 3,000 people. Some models predict that the death toll could reach 500,000 people before the American population is widely vaccinated, by the spring or summer.
6:10 am. A certificate for the curfew between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. This certificate, which includes eight reasons, can be downloaded here but can also be completed directly online or on a smartphone with the Tous anti-Covid application. It will be possible to print the document and then complete it or to write your own certificate on plain paper based on the official model. Read our article here
6:05 am. End of the certificate, curfew, visits to nursing homes… All that changes. Read our article here.
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