Status update – New measures, new reports and highlights: Le Figaro assesses the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic.
The end of the mandatory mask in Spain and in American transport, Shanghai cautiously eases some restrictions, Greece is ready to “coexist” with the virus … Le Figaro Provides an update on Wednesday, April 20th on the latest information regarding the Covid-19 pandemic.
25,179 patients were admitted to hospitals in France
221 people have died of Covid in the past 24 hours, according to figures published by the French public health authority on Wednesday. 25,179 patients are currently being treated (versus 25,276 on Monday), including 2,537 patients within 24 hours. 1677 patients were also treated in critical care, compared to 1681 patients the day before. Also, 155,711 new cases were discovered during the past 24 hours. The test positive rate was 31.9%.
The end of the compulsory muzzle inside in Spain
Since Wednesday, thanks to the improvement of the health situation, Spaniards can throw the mask inside their homes, as in shopping centers, with the exception of public transport, hospitals and nursing homes. This measure has been in effect since May 20, 2020, with Spain being one of the few countries that has not yet lifted it. According to an opinion poll conducted on Monday and Tuesday among a sample of 500 people, it was published by the daily newspaper on Wednesday El PaísNearly half of Spaniards (48.5%) feel this way ‘Uncomfortable or uncomfortable at all’ The end of the mandatory mask is facing inward, and over 54% considered this to be premature.
In the United States, the obligation to wear a mask is lifted on some transportation
A mask has become optional for passengers, as it is for employees, on US planes, Uber vehicles, and most US public transportation. Washington decided last week to extend the obligation to wear a mask on public transportation until at least May 3. But a federal judge ruled Monday that health authorities had overstepped their authority and overturned the decision, prompting the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) to overturn that requirement. The new instructions didn’t take long to fall off.
The country’s major airlines, which made the mask for the most part mandatory in the spring of 2020, ditched the restriction on Monday evening, followed by rail operator Amtrak. VTC Uber and Lyft followed suit Tuesday morning. The mask is still in place nowadays on New York subways and buses. The New York Airport Supervisory Authority did not immediately announce any changes.
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Greece ready to ‘live’ with Covid, says health minister
“Two years after the pandemic, we find ourselves in a different management stage (…) which is the stage of coexistence with the virus”Health Minister Thanos Plifris announced at a press conference. He said new cases and hospitalizations in intensive care have decreased and 85% of Greek adults are vaccinated. Greece, whose economy depends on tourism for about a quarter of its gross domestic product, in February scrapped mandatory screening tests for travelers with European Union vaccination certificates. In addition, it will not be necessary to present a vaccination card in restaurants, bars and stores from May 1, while wearing a mask will not be mandatory indoors from June 1. The government has indicated that these measures will be reviewed by September 1, depending on the evolution of the pandemic.
China: Shanghai cautiously eases some restrictions
The city of Shanghai, which has been completely confined since the beginning of the month, eased a little restrictions on Wednesday that are hampering supplies and hitting the Chinese economy hard, despite an increase in cases and deaths from Covid-19. The 25 million residents of Shanghai, where more than 400,000 infections have been reported since the beginning of March, are in principle under strict confinement to their homes. The city council said on Wednesday that since last week, some rules have been relaxed. She added that more than 12 million people could technically leave their homes, but must remain within the confines of their place of residence or region.
In theory, residents of neighborhoods where no cases of infection have been reported in the past 14 days can move freely. Shanghai recorded seven additional deaths in 24 hours on Wednesday, bringing the total number of deaths in the capital to 17. The seven deaths are related to people suffering from diseases such as lung cancer or diabetes, and five of them are over 70 years old. The city also reported more than 18,000 cases on Wednesday.
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Mozambique eases health measures
Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi announced on Wednesday the end of the term of “general calamity”A set of measures taken in 2020 to curb the spread of Covid-19. “13.7 million Mozambicans have full coverage of vaccination against Covid-19”90% of the vaccinated target group welcomed Felipe Nyusi in a speech carried by state media. Thus nearly half of the 31 million Mozambicans have been fully vaccinated, much higher than the average on the African continent, which is just over 15.8% according to the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
A total of 225,338 cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in the country, including 2,201 deaths. Thus, wearing a mask remains mandatory in all enclosed spaces, public and semi-public transport, but is no longer mandatory in open spaces. Travelers entering the country still have to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test, and people who test positive for Covid-19 are subject to isolation for seven days instead of fifteen until then.