116 deaths in 24 hours, 161950 new cases

Status update – New measures, new reports, and highlights: le Figaro Provides an update on the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic.

Spanish government declares end to indoor mask, China exceeds 20,000 daily cases, Nigeria lifts most anti-Covid restrictions… le Figaro Provides an update on Wednesday, April 6, on the latest information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

116 dead in 24 hours, more than 23,000 hospitalized patients

The epidemic is still ongoing in France, where 116 people died on Wednesday from Covid, according to the daily report of French public health. 23,013 patients were hospitalized (versus 23,010 on Tuesday), including 1,984 patients who arrived within 24 hours. 1,561 people are being treated in intensive care units.

Infections stopped rising: With 161,950 positive cases recorded in 24 hours by Public Health France, the average for the past seven days was 134,991, after exceeding 140,000 on Friday.

Health authorities in the European Union allow a second booster dose for people over their 80s

European Union health authorities on Wednesday gave the go-ahead for a second booster dose of the Moderna and Pfizer-Covid vaccines for people over 80 on Wednesday, but deemed it too early to make a recommendation for the older population.

A second booster dose may be given to adults 80 years of age and older due toHigher risk of severe infection from Covid-19 for this age group“Based on”Protection given in a fourth doseThe European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said in a press release.

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Germany waives the requirement of isolation in the event of infection

The German government on Wednesday, in the face of criticism, abandoned the lifting of the isolation obligation from May 1 in the case of Covid-19. “It was a mistake and I am personally responsible for it. It gave the wrong signalHealth Minister Karl Lauterbach told the press fearing that this measure eventually “reduce the epidemic“.

Minister in the government of Olaf Schultz announced on Monday that the isolation requirement, currently seven days before a negative test, will be lifted from May 1. This decision, made by representatives of the sixteen German provinces, immediately provoked criticism from the associations and the opposition. End of compulsory isolationIt puts human life at riskAnd so the social association warned the VdK, which is struggling to get care.

Spain: The government announces the end of the mask inside on April 20

And the Spanish government announced, on Wednesday, the end of the internal mask, except for transport or hospitals, from April 20. “We will introduce, during the cabinet meeting on April 19, a decree according to which the mask will no longer be mandatory indoors.which will come into force afterPublished in the Official Gazette on April 20”, Health Minister Carolina Daria announced at the end of a meeting of regional health officials in Toledo (central). She said that the mask would nonetheless remain mandatory in health centers, hospitals, nursing homes, as well as on public transportation.

While a mask is already no longer mandatory indoors in many countries, the Spanish government has preferred to wait until Holy Week (10-17 April), when Spaniards gather with their families, before ending the obligation to wear it. Wearing a mask indoors was one of the last remaining restrictions in Spain.

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China exceeds 20,000 cases per day mark

On Wednesday, China announced that it had recorded 20,000 cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, most of them in Shanghai, which is about to open a giant 40,000-seat field hospital. The country where the coronavirus was initially detected at the end of 2019 until March 2021 was able to largely eliminate the epidemic thanks to the very strict measures standardized under the term Covid zero.

But the alternative Omicron defeated this strategy, with daily reports now exceeding official counts of the first pandemic wave in Wuhan (center). On Wednesday, the world’s most populous country announced 20,472 positive cases in the past 24 hours, a small number compared to the balance sheets of many countries but high for China, where daily totals were barely above 100 in February. The threshold of 10,000 daily cases was crossed only on Sunday.

The Ministry of Health said that no new deaths were recorded. The last two officially announced deaths in the country date from mid-March. More than 80% of new positive cases have been reported in Shanghai, the country’s largest city, which has been in almost complete confinement since last week.

US ministers and elected officials test positive for Covid after dinner

Covid-19 turned out in fine form at one of the most prestigious dinner parties in the US capital this weekend, ministers, elected officials and journalists who all shared their positive tests on Wednesday. A few hours later, US Attorney General Merrick Garland and Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo announced that they had tested positive for Covid. The two cabinet ministers of Joe Biden participated in the annual Gridiron Club dinner on Saturday, an opportunity for Washington’s political and media elite to engage in a major exercise in self-irony. Influential Democrat-elect Adam Schiff, who also attended that large gathering, announced Tuesday that he has tested positive for Covid.

Chinese Kintor announces positive results for the controversial treatment

Chinese drug group Kintor reported positive results on Wednesday for its anti-Covid treatment, bruxalutamide, when it was the subject of a health scandal in Brazil a few months ago. “Proxalutamide demonstrates a significant reduction in hospitalization and mortalityOn patients, Kintor summarizes in a press release. This is based on clinical trials, conducted on several hundred patients, mainly in the United States. However, their results are not yet publicly available.

Proxalutamide was originally a therapeutic project aimed at reducing the production of male hormones. Kintor, for example, is targeted for use against prostate cancer. But, according to the group, which has doubled in value in the stock market after these announcements, it also has an interest against Covid. In these clinical trials, fewer patients treated with bruxalutamide were admitted to hospital than those treated with a placebo, according to the group. The difference is particularly significant in patients who have been treated for more than a week, and for whom hospitalization has not been reported by Kintor.

The group announced its intention to seek a permit in China and the United States, as well as in “Other countriesHe had already mentioned, a few months earlier, an emergency declaration in Paraguay.

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Nigeria lifts most restrictions against COVID-19

The Nigerian government has lifted most of the anti-Covid restrictions, including a nighttime curfew and restrictions on gatherings, that were imposed at the start of the outbreak in Africa’s most populous country.

The response to Covid-19 was reviewed, taking into account the low number of cases and the risk of new variants arriving in the territory, as well as the availability of vaccines.In the country, according to an official document sent by the presidency to Agence France-Presse on Tuesday. Since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, the country has officially recorded less than 260,000 cases, including 3,142 deaths.

Air traffic continues to resume in February despite COVID

The international air transport association, Iata, said on Wednesday that passenger air traffic, which has fully recovered, only declined slightly at the end of February with the early days of the war in Ukraine. “Traffic rebounded strongly in February 2022 compared to January 2022, with moderate consequences for the Omicron variant outside of AsiaIATA said in a press release.

With the lifting of many restrictions associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, traffic increased by 115.9% year-on-year worldwide, but it is still 45.5% lower than the figures for February 2019. Domestic traffic is still significantly lower in China, on the in particular, but overall by 60.7% within one year.

International traffic saw a strong recovery (+256.8% yoy), although it is still almost 50% lower than February 2019. Only the Asia Pacific region is stuck at a very low level. The next few months look promising, said Willie Walsh, general manager of Iata, at a press conference.

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