8:57 am: During the pandemic, the French saved 142 billion euros more than usual
The French saved around 142 billion euros more than normal between the end of the first quarter of 2020, shortly after the outbreak of Covid-19 in the country, and the end of the first quarter of 2021, estimated this Tuesday the Banque de France. The savings surplus, calculated in relation to the “flows that would have been obtained by prolonging the pre-Covid trend”, was constituted especially during the months of confinement in 2020, that is to say in March, April , May and November and “its accumulation continued in the first quarter of 2021”.
The government hopes that the French will largely spend these savings on products or services in France to support activity and achieve the 5% economic growth targeted for this year.
8:55 am: Serge Rader, antivax pharmacist, died after being hospitalized for Covid
One of the fiercest opponents of vaccination against Covid-19, pharmacist Serge Rader died of a “weakened” cardiac arrest after a “nosocomial infection” following hospitalization in intensive care linked to Covid-19. He had appeared in the hit conspiracy documentary “Hold-up”.
7:33 am: The process of issuing common debt will begin in June
The European Union will be able to start in June the historic process of issuing common debt to finance its 750 billion euro recovery plan intended to overcome the economic consequences of the pandemic. The European Council, which represents the member states, announced that it had “formally received the approval notifications from all 27, which allows the Commission to borrow on behalf of the EU on the capital markets “. The amount of the first European debt issue will be “around 10 billion euros”.
6:25 am: EU and London, among others, still skeptical about the lifting of vaccine patents
The European Union but also Australia, Japan, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland and Taiwan have maintained their reservations on a possible lifting of patents concerning anti-Covid vaccines before the WTO (World Organization Trade). They asked for “more time” to analyze the proposals going in this direction.
6:20 am: The first Olympic sportswomen arrived in Japan for the Olympics
The players of the Australian softball team arrived in Japan on Tuesday, becoming the first Olympic team to set foot in the Archipelago for the Tokyo Games. Government and organizers of the Olympic Games assure that they will take place and be held in a “safe” manner despite the prolonged state of emergency in the country due to the number of Covid cases deemed too high.
5:56 am: Peru becomes country with highest global death rate after reassessment
Peru has reassessed the number of people who have died from Covid in its country. It goes from 69,000 to 180,000. Peru thus becomes the country in the world with the highest number of deaths per million inhabitants.
5:49 am: More than 25 million French people have received a dose of vaccine
More than 25.4 million French people have received at least a first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. This represents 49.1% of French adults, specifies Public Health France. Of these, 10.7 million received their two doses.
The vaccination rate is highest in Corsica (42.5%), ahead of New Aquitaine (41.2%), Normandy (41%) and Brittany (40.7%). The vaccination rate is lowest in Île de France: 35.3% of the population received at least one dose there.
5:48 am: Italy reopens indoor bars and restaurants
A little more freedom for Italians. Restaurants will be authorized to resume indoor table service this Tuesday and in bars, it will be possible to drink coffees. to the bank. Sporting events in full swing will also resume. The curfew is maintained from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Another good news for our neighbors, where the contagion curve is declining, several regions fell into a white zone on Monday, which means the end more or less of all collective restrictive measures. Finally, it should be noted that vaccination will be open to all from June 3, thanks to a massive arrival of doses.
5:47 am: Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron were vaccinated
The President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron announced on Twitter that he had been vaccinated. The head of state, affected by the coronavirus, still had antibodies and was waiting for his doctor’s prescription. “It seems that it is a period between three and six months and that the longer you wait, the better if you still have antibodies,” he said on May 6. He therefore received the green light from his doctor and received his dose on Monday, the day when vaccination is open to all French people.
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Greek letters to name the variants
B.1.617, B.1.1.7, B.1.351 … Retaining the scientific names of the Covid-19 variants is proving to be a real headache. But the WHO will simplify things by also giving them names of Greek letters. Thus, the variant B.1.1.7, first identified in the United Kingdom, was named Alpha; B.1.351, first identified in South Africa, becomes Beta; and the P.1 variant, detected in Brazil, Gamma.
The idea is to have names “easy to pronounce and remember”, but also to avoid that the general public and the media use names “stigmatizing and discriminatory” referring to the place where the first cases of variant were. detected, explained the World Health Organization.
5:46 am: The decline continues in the intensive care units
The number of Covid-19 patients hospitalized in France continued to decline on Monday, with also a continued decline in intensive care units where 2,945 patients are being treated, according to Public Health France. In total, 16,596 Covid patients were hospitalized in France on Monday, including 529 admitted in the last 24 hours, against 16,775 the day before.
The daily number of positive cases was at a very low level, with 1,211 cases over 24 hours (compared to 8,541 the day before).
What to remember from Monday, May 31
- All adults have been eligible for the Covid-19 vaccination since Monday.
- The Constitutional Council validated the controversial project of a “health pass” for major events.
- Emmanuel Macron was vaccinated on Monday. The head of state had the Covid-19 last December, and should therefore receive only one dose.
- The French public deficit will widen further this year to reach 9.4% of gross domestic product (GDP).
- The fourth and third students who were still going to college by half-gauge will find whole classes this week.
- The Haute Autorité de santé must decide on the vaccination of 12-15 year olds during the week. For Odile Launay, member of the Covid-19 vaccine committee, it is “very likely” that the HAS will authorize it.
5:45 am: Follow with us the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic in France and around the world this Tuesday, June 1.