UPDATE ON THE SITUATION – New measures, new assessments and highlights: Le Figaro provides an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic.
The pandemic isfar from overAccording to the WHO, 320,000 inhabitants in confined China, increase in cases in Moscow… Le Figaro takes stock this Tuesday, July 12 on the latest information related to the Covid-19 epidemic.
123 dead in 24 hours, 1158 patients in critical care
While the epidemic has been rebounding in France for several days, 153 deaths are to be deplored on Tuesday according to Public Health France. 19,160 patients are currently hospitalized (+2,389 in 24 hours), including 1,158 in critical care. The number of new cases will be communicated later in the evening.
The new health framework for the start of the school year presented to the teachers’ unions
National Education and Health on Tuesday presented to teacher unions the new framework of the health protocol against Covid applicable to schools from the start of the school year, providing in particular for a period of 10 days to allow educational teams to adapt to different cases. figure, according to the unions. For the start of the 2022 school year, the ministry plans “a graduated health framework based on a base of recommendations (equivalent to a normal situation) and three levels of measures, which can be activated according to the context“, explained to AFP Marie-Hélène Piquemal, national vice-president of Snalc.
According to the unions contacted by AFP, “level 1 is equivalent to moderate vigilance, reminder and encouragement of barrier gestures, limitation of large groupings. Level 2 to increased vigilance, reinforcement of barrier gestures, adaptation of practical methods in physical education and sports (EPS). Level 3 is equivalent to a very unfavorable development, with a doctrine of reception in high school and reinforcement of restrictive measures (limited physical and sporting activities)“. The level of protocol that will frame the return to school in September will not be decided until the end of August, a few days before the return of the 12 million students to classes.
The Covid-19 pandemic is “far from over“, warns the WHO
The Covid-19 pandemic is “far from over“, announced Tuesday the director of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, during a press conference in Geneva. “As the virus breaks through, we must push it backsaid Dr Tedros, adding: “The Covid-19 pandemic is far from over.» «As hospitalizations and transmission of Covid-19 increase, governments must deploy tried and tested measures like mask-wearing, improved ventilation, and testing and treatment protocols“, he added.
He spoke on the sidelines of the publication by the WHO of the results of the last meeting of the Emergency Committee on Covid-19, which was held last Friday. The UN agency has thus announced that the Covid-19 pandemic will be maintained at the rank “public health emergency of international concern», the highest level of alert of the organization, following a unanimous decision of the Committee.
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WHO in Europe recommends a second booster for vulnerable people
The World Health Organization in Europe on Tuesday recommended a second booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine for vulnerable people, in the face of a sharp rise in cases on the continent. The fifty countries covered by the WHO regional office are called upon to administer a second booster dose to individuals “moderately and severely immunocompromised aged five years and over, as well as their close relatives“.
WHO Europe also recommends “to consider offering» a second booster dose to specific risk groups such as the elderly, healthcare workers and pregnant women, if possible in combination with seasonal flu vaccines when possible. Vaccinating the entire eligible population remains the “priority in Europe”, recalled the director of WHO Europe, Hans Kluge, in a press release.
Vaccines remain the key against serious forms of Covid, hammer US health authorities
Faced with an increase in hospitalizations, the American health authorities insisted on Tuesday on the importance of vaccines against severe forms of Covid, even if the subvariants of Omicron seem to escape the immune response. The United States records some 5,100 Covid-related hospitalizations every day, “double compared to admissions in May“, noted the director of the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), Rochelle Walensky, during a press briefing.
This increase is linked to the meteoric rise of the Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variants, detected for the first time in April and which represent respectively 16% and 65% of the virus currently circulating in the United States. Although they don’t appear to be more dangerous than the other variants, “they are more contagious and evade the immune response more“, whether it was acquired by vaccination or by a previous infection, explained Rochelle Walensky.
China: 320,000 residents of a city confined after a single case
China has confined the 320,000 inhabitants of a locality in the center of the country for three days after the discovery of a single positive case of Covid-19, at a time when the Asian giant is facing a limited epidemic rebound. Almost spared by the coronavirus for two years, China experienced an increase in cases in the spring, unprecedented since 2020 in its magnitude, which affected many provinces to varying degrees.
The recent epidemic rebound is much less significant. But in line with its zero Covid strategy, the country continues to respond with lockdowns, travel restrictions and the isolation of those who test positive in quarantine centres. To prevent any contagion, the city of Wugang (center) decreed three days of confinement on Monday after the discovery of a single positive case for Covid-19. According to a notice from the town hall, the 320,000 inhabitants of the town are prohibited from leaving their homes until Wednesday.
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Queen Elizabeth salutes the work “unbelievableof the NHS during the pandemic
Queen Elizabeth II paid tribute on Tuesday to the “unbelievablecampaign against Covid in the United Kingdom and presented to the NHS, the public health service, the highest honor awarded to civilians. The 96-year-old monarch was accompanied by her son Prince Charles during the ceremony which took place at Windsor Castle, where she now resides.
Appearing fit and aided by a cane, she presented the George Cross, the highest honor given to civilians, to NHS officials joined by frontline workers who have helped the country through the pandemic. Among them was May Parsons, the nurse who gave the world’s first injection of the Covid vaccine. “We are terribly, terribly proud of the vaccination roll-out“, she told the queen. “Yes it was amazing“, replied Elizabeth II who herself contracted the Covid in February.
The Covid returns to Moscow, wearing a mask recommended
Cases of Covid-19 have risen sharply over a week in Moscow, health authorities in the Russian capital announced on Tuesday, infections carried by the BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants of Omicron.
“Over the past week, new cases of Covid-19 have increased by 57% compared to the previous week“, said the Telegram account of the Moscow social services. “We recommend wearing a mask in public areas because the new Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants are transmitted more quickly from one individual to another“, according to the same source.