New measures, new reports and highlights: an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic around the world.
The situation in France
The number of patients with Covid-19 in critical care services fell below 1,100 for the first time since September 2020, according to figures from Public Health France published on Monday. The health agency counts 1,077 of these serious cases in the hospital, against 1,104 the day before. It’s half as much as three and a half weeks ago. A total of 7,806 people are hospitalized due to Covid-19, a number that has been declining for two months. In 24 hours, 137 Covid patients entered hospital and 30 were admitted to critical care.
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Public Health France has reported 36 people dead from Covid-19 in hospital in one day. Since the start of the epidemic there has been 111,226 deaths in France due to Covid-19, including 84,753 in hospital. The decrease in virus circulation is noticeable in the positivity rate, which remains very low but rose slightly, to 0.9% (consolidated over seven days), after having fallen to 0.8% for 10 days. 796 cases of contamination have been recorded in the last 24 hours. A very low level, linked to the closure of the vast majority of laboratories on Sunday. Since the start of the vaccination campaign, 34,701,785 people have received at least one injection (i.e. 51.5% of the total population) and 24,851,829 people now have a complete vaccination schedule (i.e. 36.9% of the population). ), according to the Directorate General of Health.
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Covid-19 not yet “defeated”, warns Biden
US President Joe Biden warned on Sunday that “the Covid-19 (had) not been defeated” and called on his compatriots to be vaccinated, “the most patriotic action possible”, on the occasion of the holiday American national. At the same time, he assured in a speech that the United States had “taken over” a virus which “no longer controls our lives”, even though the rapid circulation of the delta variant and the low vaccination rate in some regions worry experts.
London will lift the last restrictions
Wearing a mask will no longer be compulsory in closed public places in England from July 19, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Monday, who plans to lift the last restrictions linked to the virus on that date. The end of these measures is controversial in the midst of the surge in contaminations attributed to the Delta variant.
Israel: fears about the Delta variant
The rebound in contaminations in Israel, where more than half of the population is yet fully vaccinated, is a “preliminary sign” of potentially lower vaccine efficacy on “moderate cases” of the Delta variant, estimated Ran Balicer, the chief. of the national expert committee on the epidemic.
The Prime Minister of Luxembourg in a “serious but stable” state
Affected by the Covid-19, the Prime Minister of Luxembourg Xavier Bettel, 48, is in a “serious but stable” condition and will remain hospitalized for another “two to four days”, announced Monday his services.
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Venezuela’s ultimatum to the Covax program
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday issued an ultimatum to the Covax program aimed at ensuring equitable access to anti-Covid 19 vaccines, assuring that his country has paid for these vaccines but has still not received them. “The Covax system has failed. have fulfilled our part (…) An ultimatum to the Covax system: either we are sent the vaccines or we are returned the money “, declared Mr. Maduro on national television, specifying that his country had paid 120 million dollars to the World Health Organization (WHO) system without receiving anything.
British public health service awarded by Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II awarded the British public health service, the NHS, strained by the Covid-19 pandemic and which is celebrating its 73 years on Monday, the George Cross, the United Kingdom’s highest civilian honor.
Norway pushes back its full reopening
Norway postponed Monday to “late July, early August” at the earliest the almost total lifting of its health restrictions in order to guard against a possible fourth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic due to the Delta variant.
Record cases in Africa
More than 36,000 daily contaminations have been identified in the past seven days in Africa, a record number on this continent since the start of the pandemic, according to an AFP count from official reports stopped on Sunday. With 36,141 daily cases on average over the week of June 28 to July 4, the epidemic outbreak currently observed in Africa exceeded the 32,609 contaminations per day recorded between January 5 and 11, at the time of the previous epidemic peak.
The balance sheet in the world
The pandemic has made at least 3,980,935 dead in the world since the end of December 2019, according to a report established by AFP from official sources Monday at 10:00 GMT. The United States is the most affected country in terms of number of deaths (605,526). They are followed by Brazil (524,417), India (402,728), Mexico (233,622) and Peru (193,230). These figures, which are based on daily reports from national health authorities, are generally underestimated. The WHO estimates that the toll of the pandemic could be two to three times higher.
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