New measures, new reports and highlights: an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.
The situation in France
Reunion and Martinique are preparing to reconfine themselves this weekend in the face of the meteoric rise in Covid-19 cases and a situation described Thursday as “dramatic” by the French Prime Minister, who regrets the “reluctant to vaccination” .
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More than 1,000 patients ill with a severe form of Covid-19 were treated in hospital in critical care services, while contaminations soar, according to figures from Public Health France published on Thursday. Critical care services were welcoming 1,015 patients, up from 992 on Wednesday, and 868 a week ago, with 91 new admissions in the last 24 hours. This indicator had fallen below the threshold of 1,000 after July 6 (1,032 patients), before starting to rise slowly.
The number of hospitalizations has also increased slightly, with 7,236 patients Thursday against 7,208 Wednesday, and 501 new admissions since the day before. The disease killed 29 patients in 24 hours in hospital.
On the vaccination side, since the start of the campaign at the end of 2020, 41,674,094 people have received at least one injection (i.e. 61.8% of the total population) and 34,758,961 people now have a complete vaccination schedule (i.e. 51.6% of the total population), the General Directorate of Health said in a statement.
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Delta variant spreads in China
The latest, limited outbreak of Covid-19 in China is now spreading to several provinces, including Beijing, authorities said Thursday, faced with the spread of the Delta strain.
The contagion has affected 171 people in Jiangsu province, bordering Shanghai, and spread to at least four other provinces.
The majority of those infected had already been vaccinated, according to authorities in Jiangsu, raising concerns about the effectiveness of Chinese vaccines against this variant.
The balance sheet in the world
The pandemic has made at least 4,190,383 deaths worldwide since the end of December 2019, according to a report established by AFP from official sources Thursday at 10:00 GMT.
The United States are the country with the most deaths (611.801), in front of Brazil (553,179), India (422,662), Mexico (239,616) and Peru (196,138).
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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