What there is to know :
– Public Health France identified 20,262 new cases on Friday in 24 hours (against 21,634 the day before).
159 deaths were recorded in 24 hours at the hospital (292 the day before). The death toll since the start of the epidemic stands at 62,427 dead. In the region, the trend is for the epidemic to resume. At the national level, the positivity rate continued to decline to 3.4%, against 3.8% the day before and 5.9% seven days earlier.
– A first case of contamination by the variant of the coronavirus which appeared in the United Kingdom has been detected in France.
– In France, the vaccination campaign begins on Sunday, in Sevran and Dijon.
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7:50 am. According to infectious disease specialist Karine Lacombe, we will no longer be wearing masks within a few months
Raoult, Bercoff, vaccines, third wave … In a cash interview with L’Express, the infectious disease specialist castigates the conspiracy, but is optimistic about the evolution of the epidemic. Karine Lacombe, head of the infectious diseases department at Saint-Antoine hospital in Paris, thinks that we will no longer be wearing masks in a few months.
7.45 a.m. Roads stuck: the situation should resolve this Saturday
More and more trucks from the English coasts, where they have been stuck since Monday, landed in Calais on Friday, according to the port management which foresees a situation “totally absorbed»Saturday during the day.
7:15 am. First doses of the vaccine in France
The first doses of the vaccine against Covid-19 developed by the American Pfizer and the German BioNTech were sent on Saturday morning shortly before 7 a.m. to the central pharmacy of the Hospitals of Paris, in the Paris suburbs, according to an AFP journalist on square.
The vaccination will begin on Sunday. The first injections will take place in two establishments for the elderly, in Sevran (Seine-Saint-Denis) and Dijon.
7h. The coronavirus variant detected for the first time in France
The presence of this variant was confirmed in Tours, in a Frenchman usually residing in the United Kingdom. The man is asymptomatic and has been isolated at his home, said the Ministry of Health, which announced the first case. It’s about the “first contamination with the VOC 202012/01 variant of the Covid-19 virus»Detected in France, he explains. This variant appeared in September in the UK and studies indicate it may be more contagious.
The man had arrived “from London on December 19” and was “supported“To the hospital two days later, and”detected positive for coronavirus».
Doctors suspecting that he has the variant strain, “sequencingOf the virus carried by this patient had been requested from the National Reference Center for Respiratory Infection Viruses. The latter confirmed the infection with the VOC 202012/01 variant on Friday.