Status update – New measures, new reports and highlights: Le Figaro assesses the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic.
The World Health Organization is calling for this not to be done “Lower the guards” In the face of covid, Greece choosing to spend a summer without a mask or vaccination certificate, the vaccination that prevented 150,000 deaths in Italy … le Figaro Provides an update on Wednesday, April 13th on the latest information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nearly 25,000 hospitalized patients in France
Since its peak in early April, the Covid-19 epidemic has been on a plateau and pollution has stagnated for several days, while the number of hospitalized patients continues to increase and approaches 25,000, according to daily figures published on Wednesday. In total, hospitals now have 24,778 patients with Covid, compared to 24,693 on Tuesday. Of those patients, 1,650 critical care patients, or 179, were treated within 24 hours, versus 1,644 the day before. The shocking number of Covid increased by 134 deaths in hospital in 24 hours. Also, 146,426 new cases were detected on Wednesday, compared to 190,762 the day before. Pollution cases fell by 9.6% in 7 days, according to data from Public Health France.
WHO emergency committee ‘unanimously’ says we must not ‘let our guard down’
The WHO Emergency Committee on Covid-19 “summer unanimous” To consider that it was not “It’s time to let your guard down,” Its president, Dr. Didier Hussain, announced on Wednesday. “The situation is far from over with regard to the Covid-19 pandemic,” The French said during a press briefing for the World Health Organization in Geneva. Therefore, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has maintained a public health emergency of international concern for Covid-19, which is the WHO’s highest alert level.
“The observation is that the situation with regard to the Covid-19 epidemic is not over yet, the circulation of the virus is still very active, deaths are still high and the virus is developing in an unpredictable way.”Dr Hussain warned that more and more countries have lifted all or part of the health restrictions put in place to control the virus. “Now is not the time to relax about this virus, there is no weakness in surveillance, testing and reporting, no lax public health and social measures and no resignation about vaccination,” he said. Urged the Chairman of the Emergency Committee.
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Greece chooses summer without masks or vaccination certificates
Greece announced, on Wednesday, the lifting of the latest measures against the Corona virus for the summer, noting that the compulsory wearing of the muzzle and the presentation of the vaccination certificate in shops will no longer be required at the opening of the tourist season. “Given the epidemiological data and expert recommendations, we announce the easing of measures against the Covid-19 pandemic”Health Minister Thanos Blevris announced. From May 1 to August 31He told the press that the vaccination certificate, which had hitherto been mandatory in restaurants, bars and shops, would not be requested. As for wearing a mask, it will not be mandatory in enclosed spaces from June 1.
Pfizer chief does not rule out a multispecies vaccine in the fall
Covid-19 vaccine effective against multiple variants by fall “Possible but not certain”, The president of US drug giant Pfizer, Albert Burla, said Wednesday. ‘Hopefully we’ll have a vaccine by the fall – but that’s not for sure’ And it is active “Against all that is known at the moment”Albert Burla confirmed, during a press briefing organized by the International Federation of the Pharmaceutical Industry (Ifpma). Pfizer is currently conducting studies to see what might be the best formula. “Once we have the data that will allow us to decide which (vaccine) is best”Albert Burla said.
Vaccination prevented 150,000 deaths in Italy
The Higher Institute of Health (ISS) said in a study published on Wednesday, that the vaccination campaign in Italy against Covid-19 prevented the deaths of about 150,000 people. Vaccination has also prevented an additional eight million cases of Covid-19, more than 500,000 hospitalizations and more than 55,000 cases in intensive care, according to the same source. “This estimate is for the period between December 27, 2020, the start date of the vaccination campaign, and January 31, 2022,” identifies the International Space Station in its report.
This is illustrated by the ISS, which is the reference institute in Italy for public health issues “The calculation was made with a methodology that was initially developed for influenza vaccines but has already been applied in other countries for studies related to SARS-CoV-2.” Italy is one of the European countries that paid the highest price for the epidemic, which has killed more than 161,000 people so far. According to the Ministry of Health, nearly 90% of the population over the age of 12 has completed vaccination, while this figure drops to just over 34% for the 5-11-year age group.
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China: COVID-19 leads to an unprecedented drop in imports since 2020
At their lowest levels since 2020, China’s imports unexpectedly fell in March. China was the first country affected by the Covid-19 virus but also the first country to come out of it, and for the past two years China has been supplied with huge supplies from abroad to support its recovery, mainly by buying raw materials and agricultural products there. But the Asian giant has faced the worst outbreak of the entire epidemic in recent weeks: Millions of people have been hastily booked, especially in Shanghai, the economic capital. Travel restrictions are straining supply chains in the city of 25 million people.
The port city is an important entry and exit point for goods in China. As a result, China unveiled mixed trade numbers for March on Wednesday. Customs said imports fell 0.1 percent last month on an annual basis. This unexpected drop is the first since August 2020, when the Asian giant was gradually recovering from the first wave of the epidemic. As for exports from China, they experienced a slowdown: Chinese sales abroad certainly increased in March by 14.7% in one year. But that rate is lower than the average for January and February combined, the only data released after that (16.3%).