The situation in France
France has officially registered 20,262 new cases of Covid-19 in 24 hours, a high figure which is partly explained by the surge in tests carried out by the French before the family reunion for the holidays. A first case of contamination by the variant of the Covid_19 virus that appeared in the United Kingdom was detected on Friday in France, in Tours (center), announced the Ministry of Health. He is a French resident in the United Kingdom, who is asymptomatic and has been isolated at his home, according to the statement. A similar case has been reported in Germany, and another in Lebanon in recent days.
The first doses of the vaccine against Covid-19 developed by the American Pfizer and the German BioNTech were sent on Saturday shortly before 7 a.m. to the central pharmacy of the Hospitals of Paris, in the Paris suburbs, according to an AFP journalist on the spot . Vaccination will begin Sunday in France, where more than 62,000 people have died after being infected with the coronavirus, as throughout the European Union. The first injections will take place in two establishments for the elderly, in Sevran (Seine-Saint-Denis) and Dijon.
3 million cases in Russia
Russia passed the threshold of 3 million cases of coronavirus in the country on Saturday, hit hard by a second wave of infections and while the authorities refuse any national containment. According to official figures released by the authorities, Russia now has 3,021,964 cases of Covid-19, including 54,226 fatalities. The country, the fourth most affected in the world by the pandemic, has recorded 29,258 new contaminations and 567 deaths in the past 24 hours. The number of new infections and deaths has been breaking records every week since the onset of winter, with the most affected city being the capital, Moscow, and its region, as well as the country’s second city, St. Petersburg.
A dangerous South African variant?
There is no evidence that the new strain of coronavirus identified in South Africa is more dangerous or contagious than its British cousin, the South African government has estimated. London on Wednesday announced travel restrictions between the two countries, considering the South African strain “highly worrying” because “more contagious”.
More than 1.74 million dead
The pandemic has made at least 1.74 million deaths worldwide since the end of December, according to a report established by AFP from official sources Friday at 11:00 GMT. More than 79.3 million cases of contamination have been officially diagnosed, including more than 25 million in Europe, the most affected area in the world.
The United States remain the most bereaved country with 330,252 dead, followed by the Brazil (190.488), PInde (147.092), on Mexico (121.172) and Italy (70.900).
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