the English variant found in 1% of positive tests in France

    the English variant found in 1% of positive tests in France

    The number of hospitalized Covid-19 patients continued to climb, Monday, January 11, in France, reaching nearly 25,000 patients, according to the latest figures from Public Health France (SPF). Three hundred and ten people died from Covid-19 in twenty-four hours, bringing the total deaths from the epidemic to 67,750. Last week, the daily number of deaths fluctuated between 150 and 380.

    The end of the year celebrations raise fears of a sharper rebound in January. SPF thus recorded nearly 97,000 cases the week of December 28, a number “Clearly increasing”.

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    • The English variant found in tests

    The English variant, likely more contagious, accounts for around 1% of positive Covid-19 tests in France, according to preliminary results from a two-day survey last week, Health Minister Olivier Véran said on Tuesday. , during a hearing before the Senate Social Affairs Committee. We observe “A territorial dispersion which means that there is no [une] region which would concentrate many cases ”, he continued.

    This investigation, the detailed results of which have not yet been made public, covers all PCR tests positive for Covid-19 for the days of Thursday and Friday of last week. Its purpose is to establish “A first mapping” of the distribution of the British variant in France, explained SPF on Friday.

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    During this hearing, Mr. Véran was also able to express himself on the strong criticisms about the slowness of the start of the vaccination campaign. “We are not sailing by sight, a strategy has been defined”, defended Mr. Véran. “Our strategy has not changed, our priorities either, but the timetable has been accelerated”, he added.

    The Ministry of Health announced Monday evening that more than 138,000 people in France were vaccinated as of January 11, among nursing home residents and health professionals. The government hopes to have vaccinated 400,000 people at the end of the week, especially in accommodation facilities for dependent elderly people (Ehpad), where only 30,000 residents have received the vaccine, the Minister Delegate in charge of autonomy, Brigitte Bourguignon.

    The health minister also announced that a case “Adverse reaction of an allergic nature” Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine had been observed in France. “The outcome was favorable and the consequences simple”, said Mr. Véran. According to him, the frequency of this side effect corresponds to what has been observed abroad, with around one case per 100,000 people.

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    • Cases of the British variant in Maine-et-Loire

    Several cases of the British variant have been spotted in the region of Cholet (Maine-et-Loire), announced Monday evening the regional health agency (ARS) of Pays de la Loire.

    “A family residing in England came to spend a family holiday for Christmas in the Cholet region. Several members of the family have tested positive for Covid-19 “, said the ARS in a press release. Additional analyzes were sent to the National Reference Center, the results of which confirm, “For three members of the family, the presence of the new English variant”, according to the same source.

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    “The family, given the early symptoms, isolated themselves at home and did not participate in any gathering”, but, despite these precautions, “The grandparents, with whom the family was lodged, were infected”, explains the ARS. One of the grandparents even “Had to be hospitalized at the Cholet hospital center, in a single room in a unit specially dedicated to the reception of patients with or suspected of Covid-19”, adds the agency.

    • A “prioritization” of departments requested

    After strong criticism of the slow start of the campaign, more than 138,000 people in France were vaccinated on January 11, among residents of nursing homes and health professionals, reports the Minister of Health Monday evening.

    However, nearly a dozen elected officials from the Ardennes, including deputies, senators and mayors, are asking the government to give priority to the departments most affected by the epidemic, by allocating them a better endowment in vaccines.

    “Our department has been one of the hardest hit for weeks, with, [au] January 9, an incidence rate of 243 and a positivity rate of 7.5% “, write these elected officials, most of them right-wing opposition, in a letter sent Saturday to the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, and consulted Monday by Agence France-Presse.

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    Despite a massive screening operation which made it possible to test around 20% of the inhabitants of Charleville-Mézières in December, “The Ardennes are still in the red and have been going through the 6 pm curfew since December 15”, recall the signatories, including the deputies Les Républicains (LR) Pierre Cordier and Bérengère Poletti or the president (various right) of the departmental council, Noël Bourgeois. “This is not the case with Isère or Gers. However, these three departments have so far received exactly the same number of vaccines against Covid-19: 4,875 “, they regret.

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    • Nancy, first city to vaccinate people over 75 years old outside nursing homes

    The city of Nancy began on Tuesday morning to vaccinate people over 75 years of age outside nursing homes against Covid-19, almost a week before the start of the national campaign, according to the town hall, which however encourages those interested to wait until Wednesday. A flaw in the Doctolib appointment system has indeed enabled a few people to make one on Tuesday to be vaccinated, while vaccination is normally reserved for nursing staff over 50 and residents of ‘Ehpad.

    “We are not calling people to come and get vaccinated today. If people over 75 show up, of course, they won’t be sent home, but they take the place of caregivers. We call for good citizenship ”, specified the town hall. The latter recalled that it was officially opening its vaccination centers for the elderly (excluding nursing homes) from Wednesday, even if the booking slots for the first days are already very busy.

    Faced with a much higher incidence rate than in the rest of France, the 19,000 people aged over 75 in Greater Nancy who do not live in nursing homes can register either by phone or on the Doctolib site. to be vaccinated by private caregivers in nine vaccination sites in the metropolis.

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