New measures, new reports and highlights: an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.
The situation in France
About 4,500 on July 9, 10,900 on July 16, 22,000 now: from one week to the next, the number of daily cases more than double because of the Delta variant. “We will arrive at 50,000 cases probably at the beginning of August”, warned Professor Delfraissy, while the pandemic is also blazing in the rest of Europe and in the United States.
“For the first time in 15 weeks”, the increase in cases is accompanied “by a net increase in the rate of hospitalizations (+ 55%) and the number of patients admitted to critical care services (+ 35%)” , warned the French public health agency (SPF) in its weekly report.
In the last 24 hours, 26 deaths from Covid have been recorded. In total, 872 people are in critical care (69 new admissions) and 6,802 Covid patients are hospitalized (330 new admissions). Even if many of the new cases concern young populations, “it is not possible to let the virus run” to achieve collective immunity, explained during a press briefing Laetitia Huiart, scientific director at SPF.
To block the Delta variant, which is “extremely contagious”, it is necessary “to strongly encourage vaccination in order to avoid a sharp increase in hospitalized patients and possible hospital tensions”, she added.
The situation in the world
– Moderna for 12-17 year olds –
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has approved the use of Moderna vaccine for 12-17 year olds, which becomes the second vaccine to be authorized for adolescents in the 27 countries of the European Union.
– “National emergency” in Sydney –
The current epidemic outbreak in Sydney is a “national emergency”, said local authorities, the first Australian city to have yet recorded a record number of new cases.
– France: green light for the health pass, under conditions –
The senators gave the first green light in committee on Friday to the bill against the Covid which provides for the vaccination obligation for caregivers and the controversial extension of the health pass but linked the latter to the reestablishment of the state of health emergency .
The Senate, dominated by the right-wing opposition, will begin Friday evening debates in the hemicycle but will not get down to examining the articles until Saturday, the government aiming for adoption before the end of the weekend.
– Travel: Germany tightens restrictions –
Berlin has decided to tighten restrictions on travel to Spain, including the Balearics and the Canaries, amid a resurgence of the pandemic in this popular holiday destination for Germans.
The measure, which also applies to the Netherlands, comes at a time when Germany, the largest European economy, is itself trying to stem an acceleration in contamination observed on its soil due to the spread of the Delta variant. and this, in the middle of the summer season.
– WHO Europe for an increase in the number of free tests –
The Delta variant is now largely in the majority in Europe, confirmed the regional branch of the WHO and the European disease agency, calling in particular for an increase in the number of free tests and other case control measures.
WHO Europe and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) have together called on European countries to increase “their efforts” to prevent contagion.
– United Kingdom: workers exempt from isolation –
The UK government has announced that more than 10,000 food workers will be exempted from isolation for contact with a coronavirus patient to avoid supply problems in the UK.
As of this week, some of these employees will be able to escape ten-day isolation provided they test negative daily, regardless of their vaccination status.
The balance sheet in the world
The pandemic has killed at least 4,139,040 people around the world since the end of December 2019, according to an assessment established by AFP from official sources Friday in the middle of the day.
The United States is the country with the highest death toll, 610,177, followed by Brazil (547,016), India (419,470), Mexico (237,626) and Peru (195,547).
The WHO estimates, taking into account the excess mortality directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19, that the toll of the pandemic could be two to three times higher than that which is officially established.
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