125,394 new cases within 24 hours and 143 deaths in French hospitals

Status update – New measures, new reports and highlights: Le Figaro assesses the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic.

Hospitalized patients rise in France, South Korea lifts physical distance restrictions, and the auto sector is under pressure in the face of China’s confinement… Le Figaro Provides an update on Friday, April 15th on the latest information regarding the Covid-19 pandemic.

Nearly 25,000 hospitalized patients in France

143 people died of Covid-19 in hospital on Friday, according to the daily report of French public health. The number of patients in hospital increased slightly: 24,909 patients are currently hospitalized (versus 24,827 on Thursday), including 1,953 patients who arrived in the past 24 hours. 1,652 patients are being treated in intensive care units, compared to 1,648 the day before. And 125,394 new cases were detected during the past 24 hours, compared to 137,342 the day before.

A ‘grave risk’ of overspending on health spending in 2022

The COVID-19 health spending target for 2022, set at €4.9 billion, ‘Danger greatly exceeded’, according to the Alert Committee on the evolution of health insurance expenditures. with a reminder “High skepticism associated with the development of the (Covid-19) epidemic”, The commission has already noted some abuses in the current year, in a notice dated Friday and posted on securite-sociale.fr. Like, for example, pay “Of the 1.2 billion euros are not covered by this provision.” It is mainly for orders for vaccines and anti-Covid drugs that were placed at the end of 2021.

or expenses related to exams at the end of the first quarter, “Exceeded the annual allocation by 0.5 billion euros” 1.6 billion as a result of the epidemic recovery at the beginning of the year. There is also an increase in the number of work stoppages, which reached 0.6 billion in January and February alone.

South Korea lifts restrictions on physical distancing

The South Korean government announced on Friday that it will lift all restrictions on physical distancing. “Midnight curfew” For shops and gatherings limited to 10 people It will be lifted from Monday.Prime Minister Kim Bo-kyeom announced. The move marks the end of two years of tight restrictions due to the pandemic, which have stymied small businesses, and hints at a return to normalcy in South Korea.

However, wearing a mask will remain mandatory indoors. “For a long time”The authorities said, adding that they may lift the requirement to wear a muzzle outside within two weeks, if the number of cases continues to decline. The context for the lifting of restrictions in South Korea looks favourable: the country has weathered the epidemic wave caused by the Omicron variant, and the number of daily cases fell below 100,000 last week, after reaching a peak of more than 620,000 daily cases in the middle of it. -Walks.

Covid in Brazil: higher death rate in cities loyal to Bolsonaro

The death rate from Covid-19 is “Widely” The authors of a study revealed, Thursday, an above-average rise in municipalities that voted overwhelmingly for the far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro in the recent presidential election. Researchers compared the results of the 2018 elections with death rates for municipalities in the state of Minas Gerais (southeast), and found that the coronavirus caused more chaos in the one where President Bolsonaro received the most votes. The study, which analyzed data from January 21 to November 10, 2021, found the infection rate was 30% higher in municipalities where Jair Bolsonaro was chosen by a majority of voters in the second round of voting, with a rate of 7,600 per 100,000 residents.

The findings of the study, conducted by the Association of Infections of Minas Gerais and the Association of Epidemiology and Infection Control in the same Brazilian state, are even clearer for the mortality rate, as it is 60% higher than in the municipalities where the majority did not vote for Jair Bolsonaro, At a price of 212 per 100,000. “Bolsonaro has denied the seriousness of Covid-19, promoted treatments that have never been proven effective, and opposed social distancing, mask-wearing, confinement, and other preventative measures.” , Remember Carlos Starling, co-author of the study. According to him, the position taken by the head of state “It is presumed that it led to higher rates of infection and death among his followers,” added in a statement.

See also – COVID-19: ‘Omicron hasn’t killed anyone’, says Jair Bolsonaro

China: Automotive sector under pressure in the face of restrictions

Many automakers in China fear their production will be halted, at a time when containment of Shanghai and many regions is undermining the country’s supply chains. China, which two years ago succeeded in largely controlling the Covid-19 epidemic on its soil, is facing the worst outbreak of the entire epidemic since last month. Notably tens of millions of Chinese are confined to the northeast of the country, the cradle of the auto industry, as well as to Shanghai, the economic capital. These measures seriously damage logistics and supply chains and have brought many businesses to a standstill.

If no improvement is noticed quickly, “All Chinese equipment manufacturers will have to stop production in May”On Thursday, the head of Chinese electric vehicle maker XPeng, He Xiaopeng, said. XPeng is one of the competitors in China for the US company Tesla, which itself has suspended the activity of its giant factory in Shanghai for more than two weeks, due to restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Thus, sales of new cars in China in March fell 10.5% in one year. Major international manufacturers are also penalized through booking restrictions. Volkswagen said on Thursday that they have ‘Dangerous effect’ On its activity in China, the group has joint ventures in Changchun (Northeast) and Shanghai. The German car giant says that due to travel restrictions Temporarily unable to meet high demand in the Chinese market.

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